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4/15/14: White House Press Briefing

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Video (YouTube) on April 15, 2014 | 5:25 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on April 15, 2014 | 4:45 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007.

Sergeant White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

Former Sergeant Kyle J. White separated from the Army on July 8, 2011.  He currently lives in Charlotte, NC, where he works as an Investment Analyst.

Sergeant White enlisted in the Army in February 2006 as an Infantryman.   After completion of training at Ft Benning, he was assigned to Vicenza, Italy, with 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry "The Rock" as a grenadier and rifleman which included a combat tour to Afghanistan from May 2007 until August 2008.  Following Italy, Kyle was assigned as an opposing forces Sergeant with the Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning. 

Sergeant White deployed in support of the War on Terror with one tour to Afghanistan. 

At the time of the November 9, 2007 combat engagement, then-Specialist White was a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.  His heroic actions were performed during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan. 

White’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device, the Army Achievement Medal with one  oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon  with numeral “2” device, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Valorous Unit Award.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on April 15, 2014 | 4:03 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

On Monday, May 5, President Obama will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti at the White House.  President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier.  The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation.

Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 404

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on April 15, 2014 | 2:32 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the President signed into law:

S. 404, the "Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act," which clarifies that a specified wilderness area does not preclude the operation and maintenance of the Green Mountain Lookout in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington; and directs the Secretary of the Interior to issue a patent for an Alaska Native Veteran Allotment located in the Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Readout of the President's Meeting with Faith Leaders on Commonsense Immigration Reform

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on April 15, 2014 | 1:29 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

This morning, the President met with faith leaders in the Oval Office to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform. The faith leaders shared with the President stories about the impact the failure to fix the immigration system has on families in their congregations and communities. The President expressed deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system. He emphasized that while his Administration can take steps to better enforce and administer immigration laws, nothing can replace the certainty of legislative reform and this permanent solution can only be achieved by Congress. 

The President and the religious leaders expressed their longstanding commitment to immigration reform as a moral imperative and pledged to continue to urge  Congress to act on reform as soon as possible. The President thanked the faith leaders for their leadership on this issue and their tireless efforts to encourage Congress to finish the job.

List of Participants:

·           Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President
·           Melissa Rogers, Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
·           Dr. Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association, Chicago, IL
·           Luis Cortes, President, Esperanza, Philadelphia, PA
·           JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN 
·           Dr. Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN 
·           Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Atlanta, GA
·           Dieter Uchtdorf, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, North Salt Lake City, UT 

President Obama Grants Commutation

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on April 15, 2014 | 12:02 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutation of sentence to the following individual:

  • Ceasar Huerta Cantu, also known as Cesar Huerta Cantu – Katy, Texas
Offenses: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; money laundering (Western District of Virginia)
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment (as amended), five years’ supervised release (May 11, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to 138 months’ imprisonment

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on April 15, 2014 | 11:37 am - Original Item - Comments (View)
49 P.M. to mark the one-year anniversary since the Boston Marathon bombings

President Barack Obama observes a moment of silence during his meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office at 2:49 P.M. to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, April 15, 2014. Pictured from left, are Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Press Secretary Jay Carney, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, and Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today at 2:49 pm ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. 

President Obama also released a statement this morning on the tragedy.

Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

Read the full statement here.

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A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on April 15, 2014 | 11:37 am - Original Item - Comments (View)

Today at 2:49 pm ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. 

President Obama also released a statement this morning on the tragedy.

Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

Read the full statement here.

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