Remarks by President Obama at the Civil Society Forum

President Obama: Buenas tardes. Thank you, President Varela. Thank you very much, Panama, for hosting this Summit of the Americas. And I thank everybody who’s traveled here from across the region for the courageous work that you do to defend freedom and human rights, and to promote equality and opportunity and justice across our hemisphere ...
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Statement by the President on the Garissa University College Terrorist Attack

Michelle and I join the American people in expressing our horror and sadness at the reports coming out of Garissa, Kenya. Words cannot adequately condemn the terrorist atrocities that took place at Garissa University College, where innocent men and women were brazenly and brutally massacred. We join the world in mourning them, many of whom ...
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President Obama to Attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya in July

The White House has just announced in Washington that the government of Kenya and the government of the United States have agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July.  As the Press Spokesperson just indicated, this Global Entrepreneurship Summit has been organized annually since 2009 and it is a global platform for connecting ...
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White House Nominates Ambassador to Somalia

President Obama, today, nominated Katherine S. Dhanani to serve as the first United States Ambassador to Somalia since 1991. This historic nomination signals the deepening relationship between the United States and Somalia. It also allows us to mark the progress of the Somali people toward emerging from decades of conflict. Somalia has considerable work ahead ...
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Statement by the President on the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and ...
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We Have a Moral Obligation to Support Africa’s Progress By Barack Obama, President of the United States

Published in McLatchy Papers ___________________________________________________________ Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? _ Home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it boasts a growing middle class that is expected to expand to more than a billion consumers in the coming decades. _ With the continent a growing destination for foreign ...
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President Obama Welcomes Leaders from Across Africa to Washington, DC

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an historic opportunity to strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people. The Summit theme, “Investing in the Next Generation,” reflects the common ambition to leave our nations better for future generations by making concrete gains in peace and ...
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Washington Fellows Presidential Summit Starts on July 28

In advance of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 500 of Africa’s most talented and inspiring young people will come together for a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on July 28-30.  This summit will give young African leaders studying in the United States the opportunity to meet with President Barack ...
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Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony U.S. Military Academy-West Point

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  And thank you, General Caslen, for that introduction.  To General Trainor, General Clarke, the faculty and staff at West Point — you have been outstanding stewards of this proud institution and outstanding mentors for the newest officers in the United States Army.  I’d like ...
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Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Americans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity — home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue ...
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U.SOfficials Invite Partnership in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted leaders from Kenya’s private sector, government, and civil society along with youth representatives at his home on January 28, to mark the closing of the application process for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows program, which will send 50 Kenyans to the United States to ...
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Statement by the President on South Sudan

I welcome today’s signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in South Sudan, which is a critical first step toward building a lasting peace.  Now, South Sudan’s leaders need to work to fully and immediately implement the agreement and start an inclusive political dialogue to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict.  The full participation ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary Announcing the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The White House is pleased to announce that the United States will host the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5 and 6, 2014.  President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and ...
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