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President Obama speaks to the American people about the act of terror at the Boston Marathon that wounded dozens and killed three innocent people on Monday, and says that through it all, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted and Americans have proven they refuse to be terrorized.
- President Obama's statement following the Boston bombings (4/15)
- President Obama updates the American people on developments in Boston (4/16)
- President Obama speaks at an interfaith prayer service in Boston (4/18)
- President Obama: We've Seen the Character of Our Country Once More (4/19)
President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House following the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, April 19 2013. Seated in the background are Jay Carney, Lisa Monaco, Christine Abizaid, and Ben Rhodes. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
After a daylong manhunt that saw police searching door-to-door through Boston, law enforcement officials captured the remaining suspect believed to be responsible for Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He was ultimately found in Watertown, Massachusetts.
In a statement from the James Brady Briefing Room after the arrest, President Obama commended the response from the state and local police and federal investigators.
"We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our outstanding law enforcement professionals," he said. "These men and women get up every day, they put on that uniform; they risk their lives to keep us safe -- and as this week showed, they don't always know what to expect. So our thoughts are with those who were wounded in pursuit of the suspects and we pray for their full recovery."
While tonight's arrest closes one chapter in this tragedy, we're still left with many questions about these young men. President Obama pledged to put the full weight of the federal government behind finding answers.
"I've instructed the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and our intelligence community to continue to deploy all the necessary resources to support the investigation, to collect intelligence, and to protect our citizens," he said. "We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. And we'll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe."
It's been a long week, and the events in Boston have in some ways overshadowed another tragedy -- the explosion that took the lives of at least 14 people in West, Texas and wounded more than 200. Before the President closed, he made sure to remind the people of that community that they hadn't been forgotten.
"Our thoughts, our prayers are with the people of West, Texas, where so many good people lost their lives; some lost their homes; many are injured; many are still missing," he said. "I've talked to Governor Perry and Mayor Muska and I've pledged that the people of West will have the resources that they need to recover and rebuild. And I want everybody in Texas to know that we will follow through with those commitments."
- President Obama's statement following the Boston bombings (4/15)
- President Obama updates the American people on developments in Boston (4/16)
- President Obama speaks at an interfaith prayer service in Boston (4/18)
This week, the President responded to the terror attack in Boston, met with AmeriCorps volunteers, invited the Wounded Warrior riders to the White House, and for the first time, asked a citizen to deliver the weekly address.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Mass., April 18, 2013. The service was dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in the bombings in Boston. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today were at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross to attend Healing Our City, an interfaith service dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
In his remarks, the President paid tribute to those whose lives were taken by the bomb blasts on Boylston Street -- to Krystle Campbell, 29, who was "always smiling." And to Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old graduate student from China who had come to "experience all this city has to offer." And finally to Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy from Dorchester whose mother and sister remain in the hospital, fighting to recover from their own injuries. Martin, said President Obama, leaves us with two enduring images, 'forever smiling for his beloved Bruins, and forever expressing a wish he made on a blue poster board: 'No more hurting people. Peace.'"
President Obama also praised the people of Boston, a city both he and the First Lady once called home. Like thousands every year, the two lived there as students -- just one of the many reasons, the President said, that Boston has a hold on so many hearts. "Every fall, you welcome students from all across America and all across the globe, and every spring you graduate them back into the world -- a Boston diaspora that excels in every field of human endeavor," he said. "Year after year, you welcome the greatest talents in the arts and science, research -- you welcome them to your concert halls and your hospitals and your laboratories to exchange ideas and insights that draw this world together."
On Monday, I attended the launch of EMPOWERED, Alicia Keys’ new campaign with Greater than AIDS to reach and inform women about HIV/AIDS, at an event hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is the second event that Alicia Keys and I have attended at Kaiser within the last year, both focused on ending AIDS.
The women were thrilled to meet Alicia Keys, and Alicia, who was deeply moved by their stories, committed to add her powerful international voice to helping to end the epidemic here in the U.S. Alicia and I intended to lift up the women. But really, it was their strength, courage, resilience, good spirit, and humor that lifted us up.
The HIV crisis touches every corner of the globe. And it’s personally touched so many of us, including here at home. We all have tragic stories about how HIV/AIDS has affected our family and friends, and these stories propel us all to continue to fight to end this disease.
Monday's event addressed one of the tragic realities of HIV in our country. The HIV epidemic continues in the United States, with about 50,000 new HIV infections each year. And while about one-quarter of new HIV infections are among women, three-quarters of new infections among women occur among black and Latina women.
Surrounded by Americans whose lives and families had been forever changed by gun violence, President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden about today’s Senate vote on expanded background checks for gun sales.
A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies -- including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who’s here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers –- this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.
Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders –- not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.
“A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks,” President Obama said. “But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward."
Thanks to your courage and your resolve, we've been able to end one war, and begin winding down another. But for you, and for all our wounded warriors, coming home doesn't mean that the fight is over. In some ways, it's only just begun -- President Barack Obama, April 17, 2013
Today we are privileged to celebrate the upcoming journey of some of our amazing Wounded Warriors. These inspiring Veterans will accomplish the daunting task of riding over the next three days and inspiring us all. For these combat-wounded veterans, Soldier Ride uses cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds of war. It’s a wonderful connection as they return to an active lifestyle.
President Barack Obama gives a high-five to a rider as he and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Projectâs Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama is committed to caring for our wounded warriors by expanding access to the best health care available and helping them to overcome their injuries, assisting in pursuing employment, and connecting them to the best education available to meet their personal goals. The Administration understands that a successful recovery requires access and connection to quality care and services. That is why in August of last year the President signed a Military Mental Health Executive Order that increases the number of VA mental health professionals and peer-to-peer support counselors.
First Lady Michelle Obama watches Maryland Governor Martin OâMalley sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, Md., April 17, 2013. Seated, from left are, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Gov. Martin O'Malley, and House Speaker Michael Busch. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Obama and the First Lady are committed to doing everything in their power to assist the brave men and women who have served our country in re-entering civilian life and finding employment. Over the last year and a half, the President has overseen the first re-design of the military’s transition assistance program in twenty years; created new tax credits to spur veteran hiring; expanded re-employment services, including the Veterans Job Bank and the Veterans Gold Card; and launched a series of initiatives to expand the number of veterans that get jobs in healthcare and first responder fields. Additionally, under the great leadership of the First Lady and Dr. Biden, Joining Forces has expanded hiring and training partnerships with the private sector in an effort to help our veterans and their spouses get back to work.
Yet, our veterans still face major hurdles as they transition out of the military and into the civilian workforce. According to a 2012 survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 60 percent of survey respondents said they had trouble translating their military skills into civilian job experience, creating a significant barrier to employment. Many high-demand, good-paying jobs like paramedics, truck drivers, nurses, and welders, require either a national certification or state occupational license to be hired, and currently our national and state systems make it very difficult for service members and veterans to obtain these civilian certifications and licenses that directly translate to their military training. Often times service members and veterans are required to repeat education or training in order to receive these occupational credentials, even though much, and in some cases, all, of their military training and experience overlaps with credential training requirements. And employers, many with significant needs for skilled workers, are left waiting for these military members to complete these, oftentimes lengthy, credentialing training programs – programs that many veterans could have taught themselves.
This afternoon, Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list asking people to pledge to speak out in favor of reducing gun violence. If you didn't get the email, be sure to sign up.
Update: The Hangout with Vice President Biden has concluded. Watch the full video below or on YouTube.
This week, Vice President Biden will host a virtual conversation with mayors around the country to discuss commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. Mayors know first hand the impact of gun violence on communities across the country – and they've come together to demand action.
On Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT, the Vice President and mayors will discuss how we can protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. We hope you'll tune in.
During the Google+ Hangout, Vice President Biden will be joined by:
- Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN
- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
- Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
- Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek, WI
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Following a briefing from FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco, President Obama went to the Brady Press Briefing Room to update Americans on developments in Boston, following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.
"We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack," the President said in a televised address. "Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston. We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.
"This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual."
The Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the suspects have already become part of the debate over immigration reform in Washington, with one high ranking Republican questioning the screening process that allows immigrants into the United States.
The move follows the 54-46 defeat of a compromise to expand background checks, the most critical of a series of amendments that failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday.
With dueling press conferences, fact-checking wars and talk radio bonanzas, the fight over immigration reform seemed to finally begin in earnest on Thursday as the Senateâs bipartisan âGang of Eightâ formally presented their compromise legislation to overhaul the way immigrants come to live and work in the United States.
After a couple stutter-steps as they waited for the full text of the bill, statements from outside groups began pouring in this morning in reaction to the Senate immigration legislation that dropped overnight.
Itâs not yet been two months since the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester went into effect, but some members of Congress are already unhappy with the results.
Despite an impassioned push by President Barack Obama and an emotional lobbying effort by the families of mass shooting victims, proponents of a compromise measure to expand gun background checks on Wednesday fell six votes short of passage in the Senate.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who is running for his old congressional seat, responded to a complaint that he trespassed at the home of his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, by saying that he simply was watching the Super Bowl with his son.
First Read: Former President George W. Bush has returned to the news â in both big and small ways.
When the Tea Party movement made its official debut on April 15, 2009, it made quite a political splash with events across the country protesting President Obama's policies on that Tax Day. Four years later, that splash looks more like pebble thrown into a pond.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has gotten a boost in her national profile, thanks to President Barack Obama's much-criticized comment at a fund-raiser that she was the "best-looking" attorney general in the country.
President Barack Obama is hosting Republican senators at the White House, with the budget, guns and immigration up for dinner table debate.
President Barack Obama is proposing dusting off and finally launching an old environmental satellite championed by Al Gore but shelved a dozen years by his 2000 rival George W. Bush .
President Barack Obama's new federal government budget outline depicts a still-fragile economy continuing its slow but steady recovery from the deep 2007-2009 recession.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in 2011 amid scandal over a lewd photo sent via Twitter, confirmed in an interview published Wednesday that he's considering a political comeback, with this year's New York City mayoral race on his radar.
President Barack Obama has signed off on a new package of nonlethal aid for Syrian rebels, U.S. officials tell CNN, signaling his administration is cautiously wading further into the conflict.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday is sending Congress his 2014 budget, an effort to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits that have soared above trillion for each of the past four years.
Contrary to assurances it has deployed U.S. drones only against known senior leaders of al Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified other militants in scores of strikes in Pakistans rugged tribal area, classified U.S. intelligence ... (more)
Making it personal, relatives of victims of the Connecticut school shootings lobbied senators face-to-face at the Capitol on Tuesday in hopes of persuading enough Republicans to back a debate and votes on meaningful gun restrictions.
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.
The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in which the senator and aides discussed ways to question the mental health of a potential opponent, actress Ashley Judd.
The NASA budget would shrink slightly under President Obama’s budget proposal. The White House is asking for .7 billion in funding, down about million from what the agency received in 2012. The proposed NASA budget includes million, little … Continue reading →
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed corporate CEO Sally Jewell as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior. Jewell, who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil and worked as a commercial banker before heading the nearly … Continue reading →
Washington Post reporter J.D. Harrison has outlined theÂ primary components of the budget and what they would mean for small businesses. It’s a comprehensive analysis worth reading, in our opinion. Below are a few highlights from the article for On Small … Continue reading →
The presidentâs 2014 budget request includes a whack at a high-profile element of NASA: Planetary science, including the Mars program that last year put the rover Curiosity on the red planet. The White House proposal, which trims NASAâs overall budget … Continue reading →
President Obamaâs proposed budget for the Department of Interior would add muscle to controversial initiatives including a million increase in funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to enhance preparations for climate change and enable water and wildlife managers to … Continue reading →
President Obamaâs budget would provide .2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a 2 million increase from the funding the agency has for fiscal 2013, but a 3.5 percent cut from the agency’s enacted 2012 spending plan. EPA Acting Administrator … Continue reading →
The Department of Housing and Urban Development would receive .6 billion in the president’s proposed 2014 budget, an increase of more than 6 percent from that sought for 2013, and a 9.7 percent increase over the 2012 enacted level. The … Continue reading →
The Obama administration’s 2014 budget proposal includes an extra 3 million for Justice Department programs to combat gun violence, including additional background checks and more frequent inspections of federally licensed firearms dealers. Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and … Continue reading →
President Obama proposed a 1 percent raise for federal employees in 2014, as part of his budget proposal released Wednesday. “This increase reflects the tight budget constraintsÂ we now face while also recognizing the critical role theseÂ employees play in our everyday … Continue reading →
The Department of Labor would receive .1 billion in discretionary funding in the proposed 2014 budget, an increase of 0 million from that proposed for 2013, money the White House said will help unemployed workers gain skills to find new … Continue reading →
Matthew Ryan Buquet, of Spokane, Wash., was arrested Wednesday afternoon following last week’s ricin scare. He entered a ‘not guilty’ plea in federal court to one count of mailing a threatening communication. The letters Matthew Ryan Buquet is accused of sending were addressed to the downtown post office and adjacent federal building, but were intercepted [...]
British Soldier Hacked to Death Near Woolwich Barracks By Man Shouting âWe Swear by Almighty Allahâ
SHOCK: A soldier was hacked to death near Woolwich barracks in the United Kingdom during a suspected terrorist attack by two men, one of whom said, “We swear by almighty Allah, we will never stop fighting you.” He also said the “only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This [...]
Thanks to the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is having his best week as the wheels come of E. W. Jackson’s toy car. He has called the Constitution’s original clause to count blacks as three-fifths of a person, an “anti-slavery amendment.” Um, President Obama most of the black [...]
Names of Moore Tornado Victims Released, 10 Children Among the Dead Including 4-Month-Old Case Futrell
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner has released the names of the Moore tornado victims released. Ten children and 14 adults were killed. President Obama will visit Oklahoma Sunday to see the damage firsthand and meet with families. Victims: Terri Long 49 Megan Futrell 29 Case Futrell 4-months-old Shannon Quick 40 Sydnee Vargyas 7-months-old Karrina Vargyas 4 [...]
MI Judge Wade McCree Says He âLusted Afterâ Mistress Geniene LaâShay Mott, Offered to Pay for Abortion
Wayne County, Mich., judge Wade McCree is a poster child for using poor judgement and abusing his position. He testified during his misconduct hearing Tuesday about his affair with Geniene La’Shay Mott, who appeared before him as a witness in a child-support case in his court last year.Â McCree gave the woman his card ‘via a [...]
The right wing will stop at nothing to make themselves come across as just downright ignorant. Can we now dismiss Alex Jones as a moron? He is now suggesting that EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., was the result of a ‘government weather weapon.’ Complete and utter rubbish: Noted conspiracy theorist, soothsayer of all things [...]
He’s baaaack! Â Anthony Weiner makes his New York City mayoral bid official: Nearly two years after he resigned from Congress because of a sexting scandal,Â Anthony WeinerÂ is running for mayor. He formally announced his candidacy with a two-minute, 16-second video that he posted online at midnight Wednesday. âI made some big mistakes and I know I [...]
Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps Jr. is blaming the Moore tornado on NBA player Jason Collins, who recently came out as a gay man. Of course, Mr. Phelps hasn’t given an explanation for the 1999 Joplin tornado or even the previous tornado that hit Moore some years ago. OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising [...]
The FBI shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, 27, who may be connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, WESH reported Wednesday morning. Gunshots rang out shortly before midnight at the Windhover condominium complex in Orlando area, WFTVÂ reported.Â Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen, and Khusn Taramiv were being investigated as part of the Boston bombings. The men [...]
BREAKING: Â A one-year old Marcus White Jr. was killed and two women injured at a picnic on East Hills Drive in Pittsburgh, Penn., just after 7:30 p.m. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the women was shot in the chest and was reportedly found lying on top of the baby. A [...]
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The Veterans' IT Job Certification Program has been launched. It's a new program just announced by the White House will help US service members gain the training and certifications they need to get good jobs in the super-competitive information technology (IT) industry after separating from the military. You can read more about it in "The Connection" on this web site.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Limit your salt intake to help lower your blood pressure. Most of the sodium in our dietsapproximately 77%comes from prepared or processed foods.