What Did Barack Do Today™: Signed H.R. 3230, The Veterans’ Access To Care through Choice, Accountability, And Transparency Act Of 2014.


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In the morning, the President will travel to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to deliver remarks and sign H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.  The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans.

 

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The President delivers remarks and signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014
Wallace Theater – Fort Belvoir

 

President Obama Signs the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act

 

Published on Aug 7, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Belvoir before signing the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act into law on August 7, 2014.

 

 

 

Army Sgt. Maj. James McGruder, operations sergeant major for of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, introduces President Barack Obama during a presidential bill signing at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

Army Sgt. Maj. James McGruder, operations sergeant major for of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, introduces President Barack Obama during a presidential bill signing at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

President Barack Obama waves goodbye after visiting Fort Belvoir, Va., an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to highlight efforts to help veterans have an easier time getting health care, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. At right is Sgt. Major James McGruder who gave Obama an enthusiastic introduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama waves goodbye after visiting Fort Belvoir, Va., an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to highlight efforts to help veterans have an easier time getting health care, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. At right is Sgt. Major James McGruder who gave Obama an enthusiastic introduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

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President Obama Signs Major provisions of veterans health care law

 

A law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administrators and other senior VA executives.

Congressional budget analysts put the cost of the law at $16.3 billion over three years and estimate it will add $10 billion to federal deficits over the next 10 years.

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act:

—Devotes $10 billion to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can’t get prompt appointments at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live far from them. Only veterans who enrolled in VA care as of Aug. 1 or live at least 40 miles away are eligible for outside care.

—Devotes $5 billion to hire more doctors, nurses and other medical and mental health professionals.

—Authorizes $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA outpatient clinics and other medical facilities in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

—Gives the VA secretary authority to fire immediately poor-performing senior executives. They would have seven days to appeal, with a final resolution 21 days later.

—Expands a scholarship program for children of veterans killed in the line of duty to include surviving spouses.

—Allows all returning veterans and eligible dependents to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

—Cuts funding for annual bonuses for VA employees to $360 million, $40 million less than last year.

Thank you Associated Press

 

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President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs

 

 

Earlier today, President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to sign a reform bill giving the Department of Veterans Affairs the necessary resources to improve access and quality of care for the men and women who have served our country in uniform.

 

In remarks before the bill signing, President Obama addressed the misconduct that has taken place at some VA facilities across the country — veterans being denied the care they need, or long wait times being covered up.

 

“This is wrong,” the President emphasized. “It was outrageous. And working together, we set out to fix it and do right by our veterans across the board, no matter how long it took.”

 

We’ve already taken the first steps to change the way the VA does business. We’ve held people accountable for misconduct. Some have already been relieved of their duties, and investigations are ongoing. We’ve reached out to more than 215,000 veterans so far to make sure that we’re getting them off wait lists and into clinics both inside and outside the VA system.

 

We’re moving ahead with urgent reforms, including stronger management and leadership and oversight. And we’re instituting a critical culture of accountability — rebuilding our leadership team, starting at the top with Secretary McDonald. And one of his first acts is that he’s directed all VA health care facilities to hold town halls to hear directly from the veterans that they serve to make sure that we’re hearing honest assessments about what’s going on.

 

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The VA reform bill — officially the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 — passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, and will expand survivor benefits and educational opportunities and improve care for victims of sexual assault and veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries. But the main focus of the new law is to ensure that veterans have access to the care they’ve earned.

 


“You’ve risked your lives on multiple tours to defend our nation. And as a country, we have a sacred obligation to serve you as well as you’ve served us – an obligation that doesn’t end with your tour of duty.”


 

The President outlined three important areas the law will address:

 

1. Giving the VA the resources it needs:

It will help the VA hire more doctors and more nurses and staff more clinics. As a new generation of veterans returns home from war and transitions into civilian life, we have to make sure the VA system can keep pace with that new demand. Keep in mind that I have increased funding for the VA since I came into office by extraordinary amounts. But we also have extraordinary numbers of veterans coming home. And so the demand, even though we’ve increased the VA budget, is still higher than the resources that we’ve got. This bill helps to address that.

 

2. Ensuring timely care:

For veterans who can’t get timely care through the VA, this bill will help them get the care they need someplace else. And this is particularly important for veterans who are in more remote areas, in rural areas. If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, or if VA doctors can’t see you within a reasonable amount of time, you’ll have the chance to see a doctor outside the VA system.

 

3. Holding people accountable:

We’re giving the VA Secretary more authority to hold people accountable. We’ve got to give [Secretary McDonald] the authority so that he can move quickly to remove senior executives who fail to meet the standards of conduct and competence that the American people demand. If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover up a serious problem, you should be fired. Period. It shouldn’t be that difficult. And if you blow the whistle on an unethical practice, or bring a problem to the attention of higher-ups, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored, and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.

 

The President noted, however, that while this law is focused on immediate needs to reform the VA, we can’t lose sight of the long-term goals of our service members and our veterans:

 

The good news is, we’ve cut the disability claims backlog by more than half. But let’s now eliminate the backlog. Let’s get rid of it. The good news is, we’ve poured major resources into improving mental health care. But now, let’s make sure our veterans actually get the care they need when they need it. The good news is, we’ve helped to get thousands of homeless veterans off the street, made an unprecedented effort to end veterans’ homelessness. We should have zero tolerance for that. But we’ve got to — still more work to do in cities and towns across America to get more veterans into the homes they deserve.

 

We’ve helped more than a million veterans and their spouses and children go to college through the post-9/11 GI bill. But now, we’ve got to help even more of them earn their educations, and make sure that they’re getting a good bargain in the schools they enroll in.

 

We’ve rallied companies to hire hundreds of thousands of veterans and their spouses. That’s the good news.  With the help of Jill Biden and Michelle Obama — two pretty capable women…But now, we’ve got to help more of our highly skilled veterans find careers in this new economy.

 


“America has to do right by all who serve under our proud flag.”

 

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Speeches and Remarks – Official Transcript

 

Remarks by the President at the Signing of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act

 

 

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BODY OF US GENERAL Harold J. Greene ARRIVES AT DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

 

By Associated Press.

 

The body of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was returned home to the U.S. Thursday morning in solemn proceedings at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan “insider attack” has arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

 

A C-17 cargo plane carrying the body of 55-year-old Maj. Gen. Harold Greene landed Thursday morning at Dover, home to the nation’s largest military mortuary.

 

White-gloved soldiers solemnly carried a flag-draped metal case with Greene’s remains to a waiting mortuary vehicle as Army officials and other dignitaries saluted.

 

Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War. Greene, a 34-year U.S. Army veteran, also is the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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What Did Barack Do The Last 24™


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Dreams for Africa

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

In July 2014, 500 extraordinary young entrepreneurs, public servants and civic activists from across Africa came together for the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to discuss the future of their countries and their continent. Listen to their dreams for Africa.

 

 

 

A Conversation with The First Lady and Mrs. Laura Bush

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Symposium for African Spouses, the First Lady and Mrs. Laura Bush took part in a moderated conversation with NPR’s Cokie Roberts on August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Speaks on Creating Opportunities for Young Women Leaders

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks before the U.S.-African Leaders Summit on education and how we can create opportunities and invest in the next generation of women leaders. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Participates in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama takes part in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session on investing in Africa’s Future. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama holds a press conference where he answers questions and gives an update on the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Business Forum

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomgberg, L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, opens the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5, 2014. More information is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett moderates the “Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity” Signature Event during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014. More information is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Open Markets – Enhancing the Africa of Tomorrow

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Session on “Open Markets – Enhancing the Africa of Tomorrow” at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum in Washington, DC on August 5, 2014. More information is available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Combating Wildlife Trafficking

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli moderates the “Combating Wildlife Trafficking” Signature Event during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014.

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Images.

 

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The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.


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The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.

 

Story by Washington Post & Helena Andrews:

 

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Jill Biden and Vice President Biden at the White House on Tuesday August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

When it comes to the collective hand-wringing of who wore what at the White House, the second lady often takes a well-worn backseat to the first. Not so on Tuesday.

 

At last night’s White House dinner in honor of the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit, Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, wowed in a turquoise wax print dress custom-designed in Congo. The choice–bold, colorful, diplomatic–was, of course, intentional.

 

“For me, the fabric and style of this dress embodies the beauty and strength of the women I met throughout my visit to Africa last month,” Jill Biden said.

 

In July, she took a week-long trip to Africa with stops in Zambia, Congo, and Sierra Leone, highlighting female empowerment, education and economic development. In Congo, Biden met sewing shop owner Madame Monique Gieskes, 53, a group director for Vlisco, the wildly popular Dutch wax print fabric brand coveted by women throughout Africa.

 

Gieskes trains women, many of whom have been the victims of gender-based violence, to become tailors and eventually run fashion-based businesses of their own. After meeting Gieskes, Biden decided what she would wear to the White House dinner.

 

Later that evening Biden took a tour of the Vlisco flagship store that Gieskes runs.

 

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“The first thing I noted was how amazed she was with the different colors we had. It was like fireworks, so many colors,” said Gieskes in a phone interview from her shop in Kinshasa, the capital Congo.

 

She eventually steered Biden toward a “turquoise blue that would fit her complexion.”

 

With the biggest decision made, the shop then took Biden’s measurements and the dress was ready at 10 a.m the next morning to make the 6,500-mile trip back to Washington.

 

“It can take three to four days usually, but we knew she was leaving the next day,” explained Gieskes, adding that a seamstress volunteered to work through the night.

 

The dress, added Gieskes, sent a powerful message to the “underprivileged and talented” women she works with.

 

“A woman anywhere in the world, you see–no matter the continent, no matter the color–what she chooses to wear is supporting what another woman is doing in her country,” said Gieskes.

 


Follow more of the big dinner’s news here from Lionel Richie’s pseudo-African song lyrics to what 1600 Penn. will have on the menu.

 

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A playlist in honor of this week’s Africa summit in D.C.

 

The first lady of Cameroon and her hair have touched down in D.C.

 

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Thank you Washington Post & Helena Andrews. Ms. Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.

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Travels in Africa with Dr. Jill Biden

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In July 2014 Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden led a delegation to Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to meet with leaders and discuss education and women’s empowerment. On the trip she was joined by USAID Administrator Raj Shah. Hear them discuss their experiences and the significance of this visit.

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a luncheon at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Speaks on Creating Opportunities for Young Women Leaders

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks before the U.S.-African Leaders Summit on education and how we can create opportunities and invest in the next generation of women leaders. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™


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White House Schedule – August 6, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will deliver remarks and participate in the first Leaders Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “Investing in Africa’s Future.” There will be pooled press coverage of this event at the State Department.

 

In the afternoon, the President will take an official family photo with leaders. There will be pooled press coverage of this photo.

 

Afterward, the President will participate in “Leaders Session Two: Peace and Regional Stability.” This event is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in “Leaders Session Three: Governing the Next Generation.” There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

Afterward, the President will hold a press conference. This press conference is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

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White House Schedule – August 6th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
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DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HUMPDAY AUGUST 6th, 2014 

 

Tuesday, August 6th 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President delivers remarks and participates in Session One: Investing in Africa’s Future.

 

12:05 PM: The President participates in a family photo with leaders.

 

12:30 PM: The President participates in Session Two: Peace and Regional Stability.

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a meeting on legal access for unaccompanied immigrant children.

 

2:30 PM: The President participates in Session Three: Governing the Next Generation WATCH LIVE.

 

5:00 PM: The President holds a press conference WATCH LIVE.

 

 

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August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Leaders Sessions
U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

10:00 AM – President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future

12:05 PM – President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

2:30 PM – President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation

5:00 PM – President Obama Holds a Press Conference

Find additional information at

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August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
Spousal Program Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, and the Bush Institute
Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM – A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts

11:35 AM – Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

2:30 PM – Public Private Partnerships: Fostering Women’s Economic Participation and Promoting Healthy Lives Through Technology and Training

Find additional information at

http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks – August 6th, 2014

 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Open Letter on Seventeen.com

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at “Investing in Our Future,” a Symposium for Spouses on Advancement for Women and Girls in Africa

 

Remarks by the President at Opening Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Toast Remarks by the President at U.S.-African Leaders Summit Dinner

 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Dinner for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Videos Of Events….The Final Day.

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Leaders Sessions

 

Started on Aug 6, 2014

African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM ET – President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future

12:05 PM ET – President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

2:30 PM ET – President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation

5:00 PM ET – President Obama Holds a Press Conference

Find additional information at http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

 

Spousal Program Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, and the Bush Institute

 

Started on Aug 6, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM ET – A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts

11:35 AM ET – Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

2:30 PM ET – Public Private Partnerships: Fostering Women’s Economic Participation and Promoting Healthy Lives Through Technology and Training

Find additional information at
http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

 

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“The Right to be Counted”: A New Generation Leaders of a Unified Generation

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama and the First Lady attend a celebration of the Special Olympics in which new leaders of a unified generation call for a more respectful and inclusive society.

 

 

 

DREAMer on Confronting Steve King and Rand Paul: ‘You Don’t Run Away’

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

DREAMer: GOP needs to stop listening to Steve King
Erika Andiola, co-director of the DRM Action Coalition, joins José Díaz-Balart to talk about her recent confrontation with Rep. Steve King over his stance on immigration reform.
Undocumented immigrant Erika Andiola responded to a viral Internet video Wednesday that appeared to show Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dashing away from her as she confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on his immigration position.

 

 

 

Second Ebola patient Nancy Writebol arrives at Atlanta hospital

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

American Ebola patient Nancy Writebol arrived for treatment at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital after traveling from Liberia on Tuesday. Writebol now joins Doctor Kent Brantly who is also being treated for the disease.

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton makes fun of herself on ‘The Colbert Report’

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton poked fun at herself on an unannounced visit to “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night.

 

The former secretary of state, who has been on a two-month tour to promote her book “Hard Choices,” joked with Stephen Colbert in a scripted segment about the amount of name-dropping in her book and her regular use of diplomatic language.

 
“Madame, it is not just your name-dropping that I call into question, I question your title,” Colbert said. “There aren’t any real hard choices in here.”

 

 

 

#CongressInOneWord

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

John King, Manu Raju and Todd Zwillich look at a “word cloud” that asked users to sum up the U.S. Congress it one word.

 

 

 

President Obama/Vice Presidetn Biden Speak at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

“A Good Partner, an Equal Partner, and a Partner for the Long Term”

 

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd that included 50 African leaders, at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The Business Forum was part of the historic three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit — the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

 

The President highlighted Africa’s impressive economic growth, and made clear that America will be a partner in its success — “a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.”

 

Watch the President’s remarks, and see how the U.S. is boosting economic ties with Africa.

 

“I want Africans buying more American products. I want Americans buying more African products.”

 

 

Vice President Biden also spoke at the the Business Forum today, describing the strengthening relationship between the United States and Africa and highlighting the economic progress across the African continent.

 

“The question is no longer what we can do for Africa, but what we can do with Africa,” the Vice President said. This represents an important and exciting shift in the dynamic between the United States and its African partners — and provides a look into our relationship with many African states moving forward.

 

 

“It’s never, ever been a good bet to bet against America,” the Vice President noted. “And America is betting on Africa.”

 

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Climate Change Makes Sustainable Development Crucial to Africa

 

This week, more than 40 heads of state and government from across Africa are joining President Obama in Washington for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Since 2000, the continent has seen enormous progress. Rates of extreme poverty and hunger are down. The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2012. Access to education and health care is on the upswing.

 

As a result, Africa today is a continent of opportunity. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies are on the African continent, driven by a rising middle class and a generation of optimistic young people. By 2035, the continent will have a working-age population bigger than that of China or India.

 

This is the time for the United States and African leaders to look beyond the crises of the moment to the opportunities the next 10 to 15 years have in store — which is why the theme of this week’s Leaders Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.”

 

A key part of that agenda hinges on helping African nations develop sustainable economies whose future growth is not constrained by the threat of climate change and environmental degradation. That’s why the Leaders Summit highlights the ways that the United States and Africa are partnering to address both the drivers and impacts of climate change.

 

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John Podesta: “The Cost of Inaction”

 

Today, John Podesta, Counselor to the President, sent the following message to the White House email list. Want to be on the list? Sign up for updates.

 


 

The facts are in. The science is definitive. The question is no longer whether climate change is happening, but whether we can afford not to act.

 

In the western United States, changes in our climate are fueling wildfire seasons that are longer and more intense — putting people, communities, and businesses at risk.

 

As we’re seeing right now, wildfires unquestionably have devastating impacts on the lives of many Americans. This weekend, California declared a state of emergency as two major wildfires scorched acres of land, threatening towns and forcing many to evacuate. These are just two of the 14 fires that are currently burning throughout the state.

 

Make no mistake: The cost of inaction on wildfires and climate change is too high a price for Americans to pay, particularly when we have a chance to address this right now.

 

Watch as President Obama’s Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren breaks down exactly why this is a problem that we must meet head-on — and pass it along to someone who needs to see it.

 

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The Last 24™


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The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

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Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.

 

 

 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama addresses the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum on August 5, 2014.

 

 

 

The Vice President Delivers Remarks to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden addressed the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum on August 5, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a luncheon at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Address the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum in Washington, D.C. on August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on resilience and food security in a changing climate

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Videos Of Events

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

U.S.-Africa Business Forum

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 AM – 11:50 AM Moderated Sessions
1:45 PM – 2:10 PM Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM President Obama Delivers Remarks

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 4, 2014

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

The “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” Signature Event will highlight three critical and interrelated areas in the U.S-Africa relationship: food security, climate change, and resilience.

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 4, 2014

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Civil Society Forum

The “Civil Society Forum” Signature Event will bring together U.S. and African government leaders, members of African and U.S. civil society and the diaspora, and private sector leaders.

8:30 AM – Civil Society Forum Panel
10:00 AM – Secretary of State Kerry Addresses the Forum
11:50 AM – Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

African Leaders Arrival to the White House

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama and the First Lady Host a Dinner for the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. Live from the White House.

 

 

 

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8/5/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

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

 

 

 

August 4th – 5th 2014: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Photos of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Three

 

AUGUST 6

 

Summit Leader Meetings
African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

Leader Session I – Investing in Africa’s Future
The opening session will discuss inclusive, sustainable development, economic growth, and trade and investment.

 

Leader Session II – Peace and Regional Stability
A working lunch centered around shared concerns regarding peace and security, including a discussion of long-term solutions to regional conflicts, peacekeeping challenges, and combating transnational threats.

 

 

Leader Session III – Governing for the Next Generation
This session will allow for a candid conversation about the greatest challenges and opportunities for Africa’s continued political and economic progress and a specific focus on governance. This session will focus on how to enhance governance in order to deliver services to citizens, attract and prepare for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, manage transnational threats, and stem the flow of illicit finance.

 

 

Leader Press Conferences

 

Spousal Program

On August 6, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

 

Media

Media representatives wishing to cover the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and related events and/or to get access to the Media Center must apply to receive a credential. For more information on media and the online accreditation system, please go to the Working Media Credential Application page.

 

Any media-related questions should be directed to the U.S. Media Coordinator’s Office, at AfricaSummitMedia@state.gov.

 

Side Events

In order to leverage the presence in Washington, D.C. of so many African leaders as well as the intense interest in U.S.-Africa ties that the Summit has engendered, a number of non government actors – the private sector and non-profit organizations — are organizing events along the margins to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

YALI

YALI / Young African Leaders Initiative / logo

 

President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.

 

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

 

For more information on YALI, please visitYoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.

 

Stay Engaged

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases – August 5th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

FACT SHEET: The Doing Business in Africa Campaign

 

FACT SHEET: Powering Africa: Increasing Access to Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit Dinner

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

 

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