President Obama’s Travel to Asia

PBO Asia Trip Spring 2014

February 12, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April The President will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

In Japan, the President will meet with Prime Minister Abe to highlight the historic steps the United States and Japan are taking to modernize our 54-year alliance, deepen our economic ties, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and expand our cooperation on a range of diplomatic challenges in Asia and globally.

The President will then travel to the Republic of Korea, where he will meet with President Park to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to a strong alliance, review recent developments in North Korea and our combined efforts to promote denuclearization, and discuss our ongoing implementation of the Korea-United States FTA.

In Malaysia, the President will meet with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to showcase the substantial progress made in deepening our diplomatic, economic, and defense ties with such an important partner in Southeast Asia.

The President will then travel to the Philippines, the fifth Asian treaty ally he will have visited during his presidency. He will meet with President Aquino to highlight our economic and security cooperation, including through the modernization of our defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and through our deep and enduring people-to-people ties.

U.S.-Japan Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/japan-korea-apec/japan

U.S.-S. Korea Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/japan-korea-apec/korea

U.S.- Malaysia Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/southeast-asia-pacific/malaysia

U.S.- Phillipine Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/southeast-asia-pacific/philippines

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President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

Japan

April 23

President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan

President  Obama has a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe
Sukibayashi Jiro, Tokyo, Japan

President  Obama overnights in Japan

April 24

President Obama is welcomed in a official arrival ceremony
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama Inspects the Guard of Honor
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama holds a state call with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting
Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
Akasaka Palace,  Tokyo, Japan

President Obama tours the Miraikan Science Expo
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo, a youth and science event with students
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama visits the Meiji Shrine
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama host a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss SelectUSA and KORUS, our free trade agreement
Tokyo, Japan

President Obama arrives to the Imperial Palace
Tokyo, Japan

President Obama participates in a receiving line with guests
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Imperial Family hosts a State dinner for President Obama
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama overnights in Tokyo, Japan

April 25

President Obama meets with employees and family members U.S. Embassy to Japan
Tokyo, Japan

President Obama travels to The Republic of Korea

South Korea

April 25

President Obama arrives in The Republic of Korea

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony  to honor fallen soldiers
National War Memorial, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace
Seoul, South Korea

President Obama delivers remarks at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers
The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a bilateral meeting
Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama delivers remarks with President Park of the Republic of Korea on the return of cultural artifacts
Blue House, Seoul, Republic of Korea

President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a joint press conference
Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a working dinner
Seoul, South Korea

President Obama overnights in Seoul, South Korea

April 26

President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
Seoul, South Korea

President Obama is briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama visits US troops and their families
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama deliver remarks to US service members and US embassy staff
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia

April 26

President Obama arrives in  Malaysia

Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia hosts a State dinner for Presidnet Obama
Istana Negara Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama overnights in Malaysia

April 27

President Obama visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a bilateral meeting Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a working lunch Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a joint press conference Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister participates in an event Malaysian
Global Innovation and Creativity Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama overnights in Malaysia

April 28

President Obama participates in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama travels to the Philippines

Philippines

April 28

President Obama arrives in the Philippines

President Obama participates in the official arrival ceremony held by President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in the guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a expanded bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama and Philippines President Akino hold a joint press conference
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
Hotel Sofitel, Manila, Philippines

Philippines President Akino hosts a state dinner for President Obama
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama overnights in the Philippines

April 29

President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle
Manila, Philippines

President Obama delivers remarks to US and Filipino service memebers and veterans
Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

President Obama departs the Philippines for the White House

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107 Responses to President Obama’s Travel to Asia

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    2:00 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Ukrainian Rada Speaker and Ukrainian Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov
    The Rada, Kiev, Ukraine

    3:00 AM
    4:00 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
    Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kiev, Ukraine

    5:00 AM
    5:15 AM
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Vice President Biden hold a press conference
    Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kiev, Ukraine

    6:30 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with a group of civil society leaders
    Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    Vice President will depart Kyiv, Ukraine, en route Washington, DC.

    10:00 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    10:05 AM
    President Obama departs the White House
    South Lawn

    10:20 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Washington
    Paine Field, Oso, Washington

    President Obama visits the Oso mudslide disaster area to meet with victim families and first responders of the March 22 disaster
    Oso, Washington

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:45 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on the Oso mudslide disaster
    Oso Firehouse, Oso, Washington

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    President Obama departs Washington for Japan

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    President Obama’s Travel to Asia

    February 12, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April The President will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

    In Japan, the President will meet with Prime Minister Abe to highlight the historic steps the United States and Japan are taking to modernize our 54-year alliance, deepen our economic ties, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and expand our cooperation on a range of diplomatic challenges in Asia and globally.

    The President will then travel to the Republic of Korea, where he will meet with President Park to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to a strong alliance, review recent developments in North Korea and our combined efforts to promote denuclearization, and discuss our ongoing implementation of the Korea-United States FTA.

    In Malaysia, the President will meet with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to showcase the substantial progress made in deepening our diplomatic, economic, and defense ties with such an important partner in Southeast Asia.

    The President will then travel to the Philippines, the fifth Asian treaty ally he will have visited during his presidency. He will meet with President Aquino to highlight our economic and security cooperation, including through the modernization of our defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and through our deep and enduring people-to-people ties.

    • CR says:

      President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

      April 23 – Japan

      President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama has a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

      President Obama overnights in Japan

      April 24 – Japan

      President Obama is welcomed in a official arrival ceremony, Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama Inspects the Guard of Honor
      Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama holds a state call with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama tours the Miraikan Science and Youth Event, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo, a youth and science event with students
      National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo,Japan

      President Obama visits the Meiji Shrine Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama host a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss SelectUSA and KORUS, our free trade agreement, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama arrives to the Imperial Palace
      Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama participates in a receiving line with guests
      Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      The Japanese Imperial Family hosts a State dinner for President Obama Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama overnights in Tokyo, Japan

      April 25 – Japan & South Korea

      President Obama meets with employees and family members U.S. Embassy to Japan, Tokyo, Japan

      President Obama travels to The Republic of Korea

      April 25 – South Korea

      President Obama arrives in The Republic of Korea

      President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers National War Memorial, Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama delivers remarks at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers
      The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

      President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a bilateral meeting
      Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama delivers remarks with President Park of the Republic of Korea on the return of cultural artifacts
      Blue House, Seoul, Republic of Korea

      President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a joint press conference
      Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a working dinner Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama overnights in Seoul, South Korea

      April 26 – South Korea & Malaysia

      President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama is briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama visits US troops and their families Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama deliver remarks to US service members and US embassy staff Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

      President Obama travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      April 26 – Malaysia

      President Obama arrives in Malaysia

      Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia hosts a State dinner for Presidnet Obama Istana Negara Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama overnights in Malaysia

      April 27- Malaysia

      President Obama visits the National Mosque of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a bilateral meeting Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a working lunch Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a joint press conference Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister participates in an event Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama overnights in Malaysia

      April 28
      President Obama participates in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses
      Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      April 28 – Philippines

      President Obama travels to the Philippines

      President Obama arrives in the Philippines

      President Obama participates in the official arrival ceremony held by President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
      Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in the guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
      Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
      Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in a expanded bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
      Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama and Philippines President Akino hold a joint press conference
      Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
      Hotel Sofitel, Manila, Philippines

      Philippines President Akino hosts a state dinner for President Obama
      Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama overnights in the Philippines

      April 29 – Philippines

      President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle Manila, Philippines

      President Obama delivers remarks to US and Filipino service memebers and veterans Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama departs the Philippines for the White House

    • CR says:

      On Board with President Obama in Japan

      Published on Apr 24, 2014

      Today in Tokyo, the President traveled to the Imperial Palace and was received by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, held a press conference with Prime Minister Abe, visited students and robots at Miraikan Science and Youth Expo and saw Meiji shrine where he was shown a traditional archery demonstration — http://www.whitehouse.gov/asia-trip-s

  3. COS says:

    Hey CR, thanks for the schedule. I love the flags.

  4. CR says:

    Muddy wasteland awaits Obama’s visit to Oso slide

    4/2/14 By Gene Johnson, Associated Press

    OSO — The floodwaters that covered the dead have been drained. Whirring excavators scoop shattered timber and deep muck. Outside each cab, a sentry studies the overturned debris for any sign of the last missing victims.

    When President Barack Obama arrives Tuesday, one month after a massive mudslide obliterated a rural neighborhood on the North Fork Stillaguamish River, he’ll find a haunting wasteland. The slide left a sewage-smelling swamp of gray clay and brown dirt, woven with roots and branches and dotted here with the twisted wreckage of a red pickup truck and there with a young girl’s pink flip-flop.

    He’ll also find lingering signs of perseverance and gratitude, like the yellow “Oso Strong” banner hanging in trees amid the devastation, or the marker-scrawled message to responders on the door of the Trafton General Store: “Thank you so much for saving our community.”

    For more: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140421/NEWS01/140429948

  5. vitaminlover says:

    He is sooooo busy! So much to do!

    • CR says:

      Hi Vitaminlover.

      Yes our president is very busy. Comforting the grieving, negotiating with other countries and congress for increasing American trade, dealing with natural and man made disasters and threats from other nations, etc. I am thankful that we have him.

  6. CR says:

    April 12, 2014

    Vice President Biden to Travel to Ukraine

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, for meetings with government leaders and members of civil society on Tuesday, April 22nd. The Vice President will underscore the United States’ strong support for a united, democratic Ukraine that makes its own choices about its future path. While in Kyiv, the Vice President will consult with government officials on the international community’s efforts to help stabilize and strengthen Ukraine’s economy and to assist Ukraine in moving forward on constitutional reform, decentralization, anti-corruption efforts, and free and fair presidential elections on May 25th.

    The Vice President will discuss the latest developments in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists, apparently with the support of Moscow, continue an orchestrated campaign of incitement and sabotage to destabilize the Ukrainian state. In addition, the Vice President will consult on the latest steps to enhance Ukraine’s short- and long-term energy security. The Vice President will also meet with various Ukrainian people to hear their aspirations and deepen the partnership between the United States and Ukraine.

    • CR says:

      April 22, 2014

      Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at a Meeting with Ukrainian Legislators

      Rada
      Kyiv, Ukraine

      10:03 A.M. (Local)

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador. And I want to thank my colleagues for bringing me back home. For 36 years I sat in our legislature, and I used to actually have this seat in our — I was the chairman of our committee. Thank you for making me feel relevant again, back in a legislative body.

      I’m honored, and I mean this sincerely, I’m honored to be with you all, all members of the Rada representing the whole of Ukraine.

      I signed the book in the hotel as I was leaving today. The management asked me to sign their book, and I signed, “Ukraine united, Joe Biden.” And as I look here, this is Ukraine united — center, south, east, west. And as someone who has held high public office in my country for now 40 years and just because I’ve been around, literally met every major leader in the world in the last 40 years, I don’t — I want you to know I do not underestimate the incredible pressure you all are under. I do not underestimate the challenge that you all face. And I do not underestimate the frustration you must feel when someone like me comes along and says this is a great opportunity for you. (Laughter.) As my mother would say, but for the honor, I’d just as soon as pass the opportunity.

      But the truth of the matter is your fellow countrymen expect a whole lot of you right now. Their expectations are high. The demands on you are — my guess is are fairly extreme. And in addition to that, we have — there is — John Kennedy, President Kennedy wrote a book that became very famous called “Profiles in Courage,” and it listed those men and women in our country who had taken political positions that were overwhelmingly interest of the United States of America, but not in their personal interests. That’s a profile in courage. I hope none of you have to appear in the first edition of the “Profiles in Courage in Ukraine,” but my expectation is some of you are going to have to make some really difficult, difficult personal decisions.

      But you’re facing such unrest and uncertainty, and we can speak a little bit more about that today. But I also think — it’s easy for me to say — there’s an expression in English, it says, an expert is anyone from out of town with a briefcase. Well, I don’t have a briefcase, and I’m not an expert. But I have an opinion, and I speak for the President of the United States, and he shares the same opinion. And that is that this is a second opportunity to make good on the original promise made by the Orange Revolution. This is a genuine opportunity to get right what is always difficult to do the first time when coming out from under the oppression or control of another power.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-meeting-ukrainian-legislators

    • CR says:

      April 21, 2014

      FACT SHEET: U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine

      President Obama and Vice President Biden have made U.S. support for Ukraine an urgent priority as the Ukrainian government works to establish security and stability, pursue democratic elections and constitutional reform, revive its economy, and ensure government institutions are transparent and accountable to the Ukrainian people. Ukraine embarks on this reform path in the face of severe challenges to its sovereignty and territorial integrity, which we are working to address together with Ukraine and our partners in the international community. The United States is committed to ensuring that Ukrainians alone are able to determine their country’s future without intimidation or coercion from outside forces. To support Ukraine, we are today announcing a new package of assistance totaling $50 million to help Ukraine pursue political and economic reform and strengthen the partnership between the United States and Ukraine.

      * Elections and Constitutional Reform
      * Economic Assistance
      * Energy Security
      * Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption:
      * People-to-People Ties
      * Security Assistance

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/21/fact-sheet-us-crisis-support-package-ukraine

    • CR says:

      April 22, 2014

      Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

      Cabinet of Ministers Club
      Kyiv, Ukraine

      1:40 P.M. (Local)

      VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Mr. Prime Minister, let me begin by thanking you both for your hospitality, but much more importantly for the incredible leadership you’ve shown under very, very, very difficult circumstances.

      We just celebrated Easter, and Easter is supposed to be a season of peace, of family, and a time when we all come together. But today there are some who are trying to pull Ukraine apart. Ukraine is in the struggle for its very future.

      When I left the hotel this morning, the hotel management asked me to sign their book that they have before I left. And as I told you, Mr. Prime Minister, I signed, “Ukraine united, Joe Biden.” I wish it were that easy, just signing my signature. But the truth of the matter is we, the United States, stand with you and all the Ukrainian people on a Ukraine united. And I’ll say at the top we do not recognize — we do not recognize — Russia’s actions in the Crimea.

      But today, as I said, there are some trying to pull Ukraine apart. And you have — we’re in the struggle for your very future. There’s been a lot of talk about geopolitics, about East and West. But here in Ukraine, people know that it’s about something much more fundamental. It’s not about geopolitics; it’s about unity. It’s about independence. And at its most basic level, it’s about restoring respect and dignity.

      For months Ukrainians braved bone-chilling, cold weather and stood down snipers’ bullets in the Maidan. And I know not every Ukrainian feels the same way about the Maidan. I understand that. But it’s my view that all Ukrainians can agree on the core idea that government exists to serve the people. The people do not exist to serve the government. And that the people of the Ukraine — of Ukraine should have the right to choose their own future.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/remarks-press-vice-president-joe-biden-and-ukrainian-prime-minister-arse

  7. CR says:

    Improving Job Market Propelling Rebound in U.S. Growth: Economy

    Apr 21, 2014 9:31 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell-bloomberg

    An improving job market and increasing factory production in March contributed to a jump in the U.S. index of leading indicators that signals the pace of economic growth is poised to snap back.

    The Conference Board’s index, a gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months, rose 0.8 percent, the most since November, after a 0.5 percent gain in February, the New York-based group said today. The measure’s 6.1 percent advance over the past year is the biggest since July 2011.

    “The fact that we’re seeing some broad improvement across components bodes pretty well for the economy,” said Sarah House, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the best forecaster of the leading index over the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “The underlying pace of activity is picking up.”

    The fewest firings since before the last recession are helping lift consumer confidence this month, which probably means recent gains in spending can be sustained. Today’s report also showed access to credit continues to thaw, making it more likely that the rebound in housing, which has showed signs of cooling, can be revived.

    “Financial conditions remain supportive, consumers are in good shape with their balance sheets, and business conditions are pretty good,” House said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-21/gain-in-u-s-leading-index-points-to-second-quarter-rebound.html

  8. CR says:

    earth-day

    Earth Day is April 22

    Environmental Action means taking the simple steps in the place where we live. By choosing to act on five or more of these ideas you are joining thousands of others who are doing all they can to be a good and responsible citizen of the world.

    Environmental Action You can Take:
    At home and in the garden
    At work
    At school
    While shopping
    In your community
    On the road
    Presidential Proclamation — Earth Day, 2013

    • CR says:

      April 21, 2014

      Presidential Proclamation — Earth Day, 2014

      EARTH DAY, 2014

      – – – – – – –

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      Over four decades ago, Americans from all walks of life came together to tackle a shared challenge. Pollution damaged our health and livelihoods — from children swimming in contaminated streams to workers exposed to dangerous chemicals to city residents living under a thick haze of smog. The first Earth Day was a call to action for every citizen, every family, and every public official. It gave voice to the conservation movement, led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and pushed our Nation to adopt landmark laws on clean air and water. This Earth Day, we remember that when Americans unite in common purpose, we can overcome any obstacle.

      Today, we face another problem that threatens us all. The overwhelming judgment of science tells us that climate change is altering our planet in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind. Already, longer wildfire seasons put first responders at greater risk. Farmers must cope with increased soil erosion following heavy downpours and greater stresses from weeds, plant diseases, and insect pests. Increasingly severe weather patterns strain infrastructure and damage our communities, especially low-income communities, which are disproportionately vulnerable and have few resources to prepare. The consequences of climate change will only grow more dire in the years to come.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/21/presidential-proclamation-earth-day-2014

  9. CR says:

    3:30 PM ET
    President Obama arrives Washington
    Paine Field, Oso, Washington

    President Obama visits the Oso mudslide disaster area to meet with victim families and first responders of the March 22 disaster
    Oso, Washington

  10. CR says:

    4:00 PM ET
    The White House hosts a new episode of We the Geeks on extreme science

    Join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks. And you can view the hangout by visiting http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks.

    • CR says:

      We The Geeks: Extreme Science

      Streamed live on Apr 22, 2014

      Want to know what it’s like to work atop volcanoes or on the ocean floor? Join today’s #WeTheGeeks Hangout at 4pm ET → http://go.wh.gov/Lkhaux #ExtremeScience #EarthDay

  11. CR says:

    6:45 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks on the Oso mudslide disaster
    Oso Firehouse, Oso, Washington

    • CR says:

      April 22, 2014

      Statement by the President on the Mudslide Devastation in Washington State

      Oso Firehouse
      Oso, Washington

      4:13 P.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I just had a chance to tour some of the damage from last month’s mudslide. And, most importantly, I had a chance to spend some time with the families whose loved ones have been lost. I also had a chance to thank some of the amazing first responders, the firefighters, police officers, search and rescue crews, and members of the Washington National Guard who have been working around the clock to help this community recover from this devastating incident.

      Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Congresswoman DelBene, Congressman Larsen, and the rest of the elected officials who are here, they’ve been relentless in making sure that Oso had the resources that it needs. And from the day of the tragedy, I’ve instructed my team to make sure that they get what they need to make sure that the search and rescue mission is going forward the way it should.

      A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team was on the ground immediately after the mudslide, and a search and rescue team was deployed to help locate and recover victims. We immediately approved an emergency declaration to provide additional resources to state and local responders. And I followed that by approving a major disaster declaration to help residents and business owners rebuild, and to help state and local and tribal governments with emergency work.

      Today, that work continues. There are still families who are searching for loved ones. There are families who have lost everything, and it’s going to be a difficult road ahead for them. And that’s why I wanted to come here — just to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you and have been throughout this tragedy.

      We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes. Because while very few Americans have ever heard of Oso before the disaster struck, we’ve all been inspired by the incredible way that the community has come together and shown the love and support that they have for each other in ways large and small.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/statement-president-mudslide-devastation-washington-state

      • CR says:

        President Obama’s words at the Oso Firehouse was very moving. Prayers go out to all the people in Oso.

  12. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden returns to the White House

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    6:00 AM
    President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan
    Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan

    7:00 AM
    7:30 AM
    President Obama joins Japanese Prime Minister Abe for a private dinner at a Tokyo sushi restaurant
    Sukibayashi Jiro, Tokyo, Japan

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    President Obama overnights in Japan

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
    Fort Campbell, Kentucky

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:25 PM
    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting
    Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    10:00 PM
    11:00 PM
    11:15 PM
    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
    Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama tours the Miraikan Science and Youth Event
    National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

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    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Japan

    April 23

    President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama has a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe
    Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama overnights in Japan

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      Obama: ‘Some Good Sushi’

      APRIL 23, 2014 9:28 AM EDT BY MARK SILVA – bloomberg

      Great moments in diplomacy:

      President Barack Obama to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on their way into one of the world’s best restaurants, in Tokyo: “Hi, how are you?”

      Great moments in dining:
      Abe played host to Obama at a private dinner at Sukibayashi Jiro in Tokyo’s Ginza area.

      Sukibayashi Jiro’s owner and sushi master, Jiro Ono, 90 next year, is said to be the world’s best sushi chef.

      Air Force One landed in Japan before 6 a.m. Washington time today, which of course is dinnertime in T0kyo.

      The president and aides, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, left the restaurant shortly after 10:00 p.m. Tokyo time.

      “That’s some good sushi right there,” said Obama, emerging from the hour-and-a-half dinner. “Terrific.”

      What’s it like to eat at “the world’s best sushi bar?” CNN’s travel guide says the first sushi chef to earn three Michelin stars is known not only for his fish, but also for his rice: “The quality of the fish is already apparent in these first two pieces, but what’s also become clear is that Jiro’s special grade of rice, made available only to him, is the unsung hero of this sushi combination.”

      This is the start of a four-nation tour carrying Obama through South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines — where the subject of the week will involve the one nation the American leader isn’t visiting: China. See Bloomberg’s David Lynch reporting today on Obama’s Asia pivot.

      Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, was on hand with husband Edwin Schlossberg for the tarmac arrival greeting. So was a delegation of Japanese officials and Lt. Gen. Sam Agelalla, chief of U.S. forces in Japan.

      At this hour, the president was off to bed.

      Tomorrow, it’s another dinner — a state welcome by the emperor.

      With thanks to Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly, traveling with Obama in Asia, and fellow White House press poolers reporting from Tokyo.

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      9:25 PM ET
      President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting
      Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

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        April 23, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

        Akasaka Palace
        Tokyo, Japan

        10:33 A.M. JST

        PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the government and the people of Japan, I would like to sincerely welcome President Obama as our state guest.

        At the outset, I would like to once again express my heartfelt gratitude for the assistance from the United States in the aftermath of the great East Japan earthquake. More than 20,000 servicemembers of the U.S. forces participated in Operation Tomodachi. And as a matter of fact, Japanese people were greatly encouraged and helped by the assistance extended from the government and the people of the United States. And I am truly grateful for that.

        Japan has been walking on the path of peace based on its peaceful orientation in a consistent manner for the past 70 years after the Second World War. Japan and the United States share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and fundamental human rights, and also we share strategic interests. And the alliance between these two nations is indispensable and irreplaceable as the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific region.

        Your visit to Asia this time is a testament to the U.S. revised policy which attaches importance to this region. This greatly contributes to regional peace and prosperity, and Japan strongly supports and also certainly welcomes this.

        My administration intends to contribute to regional peace and prosperity more practically than ever, in line with the policy of what I call practical contribution to peace based on the principle on international cooperation. And together with the United States, Japan would like to realize our leading role of the alliance in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific.

        Today, at this meeting, I look forward to having exchanges with you on how the alliance should look like in the future, based on the cooperation we have had so far.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/23/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-bilateral-meeting

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      11:15 PM ET
      President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
      Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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        April 24, 2014

        Joint Press Conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan

        Akasaka Palace
        Tokyo, Japan

        12:40 P.M. JST

        PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt welcome to President Barack Obama, who is in Japan as our state guest. Barack and I met at the White House for the first time last year in February. We talked about all the different themes that one could think of. We had talks without reserve and we confirmed that we had the same awareness with regard to issues and that we share common objectives.

        The Japan-U.S. alliance has been revived very strongly. And the nature of our talks this time was such that we were able to demonstrate this both inside and outside of the country. Barack said this before — to create a large economic zone in the Asia Pacific would bring about major benefits to Japan, the United States, and to the Asian nations.

        The TPP was indeed a very farsighted plan. As a result of serious exchanges between Barack and myself, Japan was able to make the transition to the next stage, which was to participate in the TPP talks. It’s been one year since then and Japan along with the United States is in a role to lead in a major way the TPP talks. To make the talks between the two leaders a milestone and so as to resolve pending issues between our two countries, Minister Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Froman decided that they would energetically and earnestly continue the talks.

        President Obama and I instructed the ministers to continue these talks so as to bring to a conclusion the remaining issues and so as to bring about a major conclusion of the TPP talks as a whole. Today and tomorrow, the talks will continue. So the joint statement released will see the result of this and we will formulate a joint statement after this.

        Between Japan and the United States, we share values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. We have shared these basic values and strategic interests. We are global partners. So we have this partnership and this strong alliance between our two countries. It’s the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.

        Japan espouses the principle of proactive contribution to peace. And the United States is moving forward with its policy of pivoting to the Asia Pacific. These are contributing to peace and stability in the region. And we mutually appreciated and welcomed each other’s policies. Having done so between Barack and myself, we were able to confirm that the Japan-U.S. alliance would play a leading role in ensuring peace and prosperity of the Asia Pacific. This is what I wanted to communicate to you.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/24/joint-press-conference-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan

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    12:30 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
    Fort Campbell, Kentucky

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      April 23, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum

      Fort Campbell
      Campbell, Kentucky

      11:35 A.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, guys. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Good morning. And it is truly a pleasure for me to be here today.

      I want to start by thanking Sergeant Wanless for that very kind introduction, and, more importantly, for his service to our country both in and out of uniform. I also want to recognize my dear friend and outstanding partner in Joining Forces, Dr. Jill Biden. Jill, it has just been an extreme pleasure to work with you on this issue. She is smart. She is funny. She is beautiful. And she cares a lot about what you all are going through. So I am so grateful for her friendship and her support.

      I also want to recognize our fabulous First Lady of Kentucky, Jane Beshear, who is here with her handsome grandson — straight-A student, fifth grade. And she has just been an amazing, passionate champion for our military families. So we are grateful for your service, and we’re honored to have you here today.

      I’d also like to thank Major General McConville, as well as Command Sergeant Major Smith for their commitment and leadership here at Fort Campbell.

      And finally, most of all, I want to thank our soldiers and, more importantly, your fantastic spouses, right? Because, quite frankly, you couldn’t be here if they weren’t by your side. I want to thank you all for your service and for taking the time to join us here today — although I know that you didn’t exactly have a choice about being here since this is your mandatory place of duty. And as I understand it, usually, when you’re called to a mandatory place of duty, it’s because we need you to carry out some kind of mission for our country.

      Well, today it’s different. Today, you’re here for yourselves. And your mission is your future. And that’s what this summit is all about — it is about a transformational shift across the military in how we think about your careers.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/23/remarks-first-lady-joining-forces-veterans-jobs-summit-and-career-forum

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    WH

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    1:00 AM
    1:45 AM
    President Obama tours the Miraikan Science Expo
    National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo,Japan

    2:00 AM
    2:10 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo, a youth and science event with students
    National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo,Japan

    3:05 AM
    President Obama visits the Meiji Shrine
    Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama host a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss SelectUSA and KORUS, our free trade agreement
    Tokyo, Japan

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    President Obama arrives to the Imperial Palace
    Tokyo, Japan

    6:20 AM
    President Obama participates in a receiving line with guests
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    7:00 AM
    7:20 AM
    The Japanese Imperial Family hosts a State dinner for President Obama
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    President Obama Participates in an after-dinner talk
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama overnights in Tokyo, Japan

    First Lady Michelle Hosts the White House’s Annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
    The White House

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends an event for Representative Steve Israel
    Crest Hollow Country Club, Long Island, NY

    8:00 PM
    8:05 PM
    President Obama meets with employees and family members U.S. Embassy to Japan
    Tokyo, Japan

    8:30 PM
    President Obama participates in the farewell greet with the Emperor and Empress of Japan
    Okura Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

    9:00 PM
    9:30 PM
    President Obama travels to The Republic of Korea

    10:00 PM

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    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Japan

    April 24

    President Obama is welcomed in a official arrival ceremony
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama Inspects the Guard of Honor
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama holds a state call with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting
    Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
    Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama tours the Miraikan Science and Youth Event
    National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science and Youth Event, a youth and science event with students
    National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo,Japan

    President Obama visits the Meiji Shrine
    Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama host a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss SelectUSA and KORUS, our free trade agreement
    Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama arrives to the Imperial Palace
    Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama participates in a receiving line with guests
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    The Japanese Imperial Family hosts a State dinner for President Obama
    Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama overnights in Tokyo, Japan

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      2:10 AM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students
      National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo,Japan

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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        April 24, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama to Miraikan Science and Youth Expo

        Miraikan Museum
        Tokyo, Japan

        3:27 P.M. JST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Konnichiwa. Please sit down. Thank you so much. Well, I want to thank Dr. Mohri and everyone at The Miraikan for welcoming me here today. And it is wonderful to see all of these outstanding students. Dr. Mohri is a veteran of two space shuttle missions, embodies the spirit that brings us here together —- the incredible cooperation in science and technology between Japan and the United States.

        I want to thank all the students that I had a chance to meet with as we went around the various exhibits. We heard a message from the international space station. We saw some truly amazing robots — although I have to say the robots were a little scary. They were too lifelike. They were amazing. And these students showed me some of their experiments, including some soccer-playing robots that we just saw. And all of the exhibits I think showed the incredible breakthroughs in technology and science that are happening every single day.

        And historically, Japan and the United States have been at the cutting-edge of innovation. From some of the first modern calculators decades ago to the devices that we hold in our hands today — the smartphones that I’m sure every young person here uses — Japan and the United States have often led the way in the innovations that change our lives and improve our lives.

        And that’s why I’m so pleased that the United States and Japan are renewing the 10-year agreement that makes so much of our science and technology cooperation possible. Both of our societies celebrate innovation, celebrate science, celebrate technology. We’re close partners in the industries of tomorrow. And it reminds us why it’s so important for us to continue to invest in science, technology, math, engineering. These are the schools — these are the skills that students like all of you are going to need for the global economy, and that includes our talented young women.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/24/remarks-president-obama-miraikan-science-and-youth-expo

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      3:05 AM ET
      President Obama visits the Meiji Shrine
      Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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      President Obama host a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss SelectUSA and KORUS, our free trade agreement
      Tokyo, Japan

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      7:20 AM ET
      The Japanese Imperial Family hosts a State dinner for President Obama
      Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

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        April 24, 2014

        Toast Remarks by President Obama at State Dinner

        Imperial Palace
        Tokyo, Japan

        7:48 P.M. JST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening. Konbanwa. Your Majesties, I thank you for the extraordinary welcome that you have given to me and my delegation today, and I thank you for your gracious hospitality tonight.

        Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe, distinguished guests and friends: It has been nearly 50 years since my mother first brought me to Japan, but I have never forgotten the kindness that the Japanese people showed me as a six-year-old boy far away from home. I remain grateful for the welcome that Your Majesties gave me when I returned here as President, on the 20th anniversary of your ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

        And I am deeply honored to be with you as a Guest of State tonight — which is a reflection of the great friendship between our two peoples.

        It’s also very humbling. I stand here as the 44th President of the United States. Your Majesty is the 125th Emperor of Japan. And your family has embodied the spirit of the Japanese people across more than two millennia. And we feel that spirit here tonight — in His Majesty’s commitment to achieving peace and the resilience of the Japanese people, who despite difficult decades, despite the tragedies of three years ago, continue to inspire the world with your strength and discipline and dignity — your hinkaku.

        And I saw that spirit today. In the glory of the Meiji Shrine, I experienced the beauty of a religious ceremony rooted in Japan’s ancient past. In my work with Prime Minister Abe, we have strengthened our alliance for today — an alliance that will never be broken. And in the eager students that I met, and the remarkable technologies that I saw, I glimpsed the future our nations can forge together.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/24/toast-remarks-president-obama-state-dinner

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      9:00 AM ET
      President Obama Participates in an after-dinner talk
      Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

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    Orders for Durable Goods Poured Into U.S. Factories in March

    Apr 24, 2014 5:56 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Orders for durable goods poured into American factories in March, setting up manufacturing as one of the central drivers of a rebound in economic growth during the second quarter.

    Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years increased 2.6 percent, the biggest gain since November, after rising 2.1 percent in the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. Orders excluding transportation equipment, which is often volatile, rose by the most in more than a year.

    The biggest increase in computers and electronics orders since November 2010 highlighted a broad-based pickup in demand that will help the economy rebound after a weather-plagued first quarter. More business investment and improvement in some global markets will benefit manufacturers such as United Technologies Corp. (UTX) and Honeywell International Inc.

    “The rise in durable goods is indicative of a resurgence as the negative weather effects fade,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, a strategist at TD Securities USA LLC in New York, who projected a 2.5 percent gain in orders. “Demand is definitely on the rise. It’s a very strong handoff into the second quarter.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-24/durable-goods-orders-in-u-s-rose-more-than-forecast-in-march.html

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    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Climbs to Highest Level in Eight Months

    Apr 24, 2014 6:45 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence rose last week to its highest level since August as Americans were more upbeat about being able to provide for their families than at any time in six years.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index (COMFCOMF) climbed to minus 25.4 in the period ended April 20, the second-strongest level since January 2008, from minus 29.1 the prior week. Households’ views of their finances jumped for a second week while gauges of the economy and buying climate also improved.

    Stock-market gains are bolstering sentiment among wealthier Americans while an improving labor market boosts prospects for a broader swath of earners. Further wage gains may be needed to strengthen household budgets and keep a floor under confidence as the world’s largest economy regains its footing.

    “Rising equity prices, which are sitting near all-time highs, and a slower pace of firings in the economy are bolstering consumer confidence across just about all income and demographic groups,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. Optimism among the highest earners is “critical for growth prospects in the current quarter and beyond,” since those Americans are responsible for an outsized share of consumer spending, he said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-24/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-climbs-to-highest-level-in-eight-months.html

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    11:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Hosts the White House’s Annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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      April 25, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady in Q&A With Children at Take-Your-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day

      East Room

      11:10 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Hey, you guys. How are you doing?

      CHILDREN: Good.

      MRS. OBAMA: Have you been having — awesome. Have you been having fun today?

      CHILDREN: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: All right. Give me — what’s the best thing you’ve done so far? Just yell it out. Let’s hear.

      CHILDREN: Eating food.

      MRS. OBAMA: You’ve eaten good food? Getting to meet me? Did you see the bees? Did you go out and see the garden?

      CHILDREN: Yeah!

      MRS. OBAMA: That sounds good. Well, I’m glad you’re having fun. I love talking to you guys, because I really, often, don’t take questions with the press in the room. So I only do this with you guys, so I trust that you will be on your Ps and Qs, because the whole world is watching, okay? (Laughter.)

      But one of the reasons why this day is so special for us is because you guys are pretty special people — yes, there they go. We know how much you guys sacrifice because your parents work here. I mean, for many of you, I know it’s hard when your mom or your dad says, I’m going to miss dinner tonight because I’ve got to work late, or there’s a meeting on Saturday so I’ll miss your game, or I have to travel next week and I might not get to that recital. Our kids go through it and it’s not a lot of fun.

      But it’s important for you to know that when you guys show appreciation to your parents for the hard work that they do, it helps the President. And that’s what we tell our kids. Sometimes we make sacrifices — sometimes pretty huge sacrifices — so that the country runs a little bit better. And you guys are at the forefront of that sacrifice.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/remarks-first-lady-qa-children-take-your-daughters-and-sons-work-day

  20. CR says:

    1:30 PM ET
    White House Champions of Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act Community Outreach
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Champions of Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Affordable Care Act Community Outreach

      Published on Apr 25, 2014

      The White House hosts an Asian American and Pacific Islander Affordable Care Act Community Outreach Champions of Change Leaders Event to honor local leaders who took innovative approaches and led efforts on ACA enrollment in the AAPI community. April 24, 2014.

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    April 24, 2014

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Attack in Kabul

    The United States condemns the attack today in Kabul that killed three Americans working to provide health care to Afghans. Any such attack on civilians at a hospital is despicable and cowardly. We send our deepest condolences to the families of all those killed and injured.

    The United States continues to strongly support those in Afghanistan who abhor this violence and are working to build a peaceful, prosperous future for themselves. We remain proud of all Americans serving in Afghanistan, working shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan partners toward our shared goal of a sovereign, stable, secure, and democratic Afghanistan.

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    April 24, 2014

    President Obama Announces his Intent to Appoint Fourteen Individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint fourteen individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This Commission is charged with working to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through increased participation in and access to federal programs. These members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being. Hailing from all over the Nation and from across a wide range of disciplines, these accomplished individuals will work to advance the inclusion of the AAPI community and to uplift the community’s contributions to America.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/24/president-obama-announces-his-intent-appoint-fourteen-individuals-presid

  23. CR says:

    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Japan

    April 25

    President Obama meets with employees and family members U.S. Embassy to Japan
    Tokyo, Japan

    President Obama travels to The Republic of Korea

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    South Korea

    April 25

    President Obama arrives in The Republic of Korea

    President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
    National War Memorial, Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace
    Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama delivers remarks at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers
    The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

    President Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea
    Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama delivers remarks with President Park of the Republic of Korea on the return of cultural artifacts
    Blue House, Seoul, Republic of Korea

    President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Park of the Republic of Korea
    Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a working dinner
    Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama overnights in Seoul, South Korea

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      President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
      National War Memorial, Seoul, South Korea

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      President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace
      Seoul, South Korea

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      President Obama delivers remarks at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers
      The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

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        April 25, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers

        The War Memorial of Korea
        Seoul, Republic of Korea

        1:28 P.M. KST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon. Annyeonghaseyo. It is an honor to be here at the War Memorial of Korea. In a few moments, I’ll lay a wreath to pay tribute to our servicemembers who’ve given their lives in defense of our freedom. And tomorrow, I’ll address our troops and civilians at Yongsan Garrison.

        I have said before, I have no higher honor than serving as your Commander-in-Chief. And today, I can think of no higher privilege than being here with all of you and your families for this special moment — becoming the newest citizens of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.

        I know that each of you have traveled your own path to this moment. You come from 14 different countries. Some of you have called Seoul home. But a day came when each one of you did something extraordinary: Thirteen of you made the profound decision to put on the uniform of a country that was not yet fully your own. Seven of you married an American soldier -– and as a military spouse, that means you’ve been serving our country, too.

        If there’s anything that this should teach us, it’s that America is strengthened by our immigrants. I had a chance to talk to our Ambassador and our Commander here, and I said to them that there’s no greater strength, no greater essence of America than the fact that we attract people from all around the world who want to be part of our democracy. We are a nation of immigrants — people from every corner, every walk of life, who picked up tools to help build our country, who started up businesses to advance our country, who took up arms to defend our country.

        What makes us Americans is something more than just the circumstances of birth, what we look like, what God we worship, but rather it is a joyful spirit of citizenship. Citizenship demands participation and responsibility, and service to our country and to one another. And few embody that more than our men and women in uniform.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/remarks-president-obama-naturalization-ceremony-servicemembers

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      President Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea
      Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

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        April 25, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea before Bilateral Meeting

        Blue House
        Seoul, Republic of Korea

        4:21 P.M. KST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: I would like to thank President Park for welcoming me here today. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to come back to the Republic of Korea. But I am very mindful that my visit comes at a time of deep mourning for the people of this nation and I know that President Park and the South Korean government are focused on responding to the tragedy of the ferry Sewol.

        In our press conference later, President Park and I will have the opportunity to address a range of issues that we’ll be discussing here today. But for now, I just wanted to express on behalf of the American people our deepest sympathies for the incredible and tragic loss that’s taken place. As allies but also as friends, we join you in mourning the lost and the missing, and especially so many young people, students who represented the vitality and the future of this nation.

        So, President Park, I thought that it would be appropriate and fitting for us to begin today by honoring the lost and the missing. And our delegation, out of respect, would appreciate the opportunity to join together in a moment of silence.

        (Moment of silence.)

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/remarks-president-obama-and-president-park-republic-korea-bilateral-meet

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      President Obama delivers remarks with President Park of the Republic of Korea on the return of cultural artifacts
      Blue House, Seoul, Republic of Korea

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        Obama will personally return royal seals to Korea

        4/15/14 By Kim Tae-gyu – koreatimes

        U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to return nine stolen Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) seals to Korea during his Asian trip next week, a source familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

        They are three state seals, which kings used on diplomatic and other significant documents, and six ceremonial ones, which royal families used in rituals.

        The national treasures are believed to have been smuggled out of the country to the United States during the Korean War (1950-53).

        U.S. authorities confiscated them late last year.

        “The U.S. originally thought of returning the seals in the second half of this year. But Obama appears to want to move up the schedule in time with his visit to Korea,” said the source who asked not to be named.

        “On the occasion of his fourth visit to Korea, the U.S. president appears to be paying his respects to the country and its people.”

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        For more: http://www.koreatimesus.com/?p=10439

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      4:50 AM ET
      President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a joint press conference
      Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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        April 25, 2014

        Press Conference with President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea

        Blue House
        Seoul, Republic of Korea

        6:15 P.M. KST

        PRESIDENT PARK: (As interpreted.) I’d like to extend my sincere welcome to His Excellency President Obama. To the victims of the sunken ferry ship, Sewol, and their families, President Obama expressed consolation and sympathy, and to provide support. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.

        President Obama’s visit to Korea is the fourth time, and Seoul is the city he most frequently visited during his term. Of all the U.S. Presidents, the number of his visits to Korea outnumber that of his predecessors. This reflects President Obama’s special interest in Korea and full commitment and confidence to further strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance.

        Most recent North Korea provocation is a public announcement on possibility of engaging another nuclear test, thereby imposing threats and provocation. Amidst the situation, President Obama’s visit to Korea sends a strong message to North Korea that its provocative acts cannot be tolerated. President Obama and I will spare no effort to exercise deterrence against North Korea’s provocation and strengthen our mutual cooperation.

        Above all, faced with the DPRK’s threat, the U.S.-ROK’s defense capabilities is solid and will be further cemented. Tomorrow, President Obama and I will jointly visit ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command for the first time ever since it was formed in 1978 to reaffirm U.S.-ROK’s defense capabilities against the DPRK. The DPRK’s so-called new pattern of provocation will bring about a new level of international pressure.

        We also exchanged views on what measures Korea and the U.S. need to take jointly, together with the international community, in the face of the DPRK’s provocation. I sincerely hope that North Korea takes the course towards peace and stability while making a right choice to resolve the stress and hardship that North Korea is undergoing.

        We considered that the security environment is experiencing threats imposed by DPRK’s nuclear program and missile activities. Therefore, we shared the view that the timing and condition of the OPCON transfer slated for 2015 can be reviewed. We also agreed to beef up our capacities to effectively deal with DPRK’s nuclear and missile threats. As a part of that effort, Korea’s air and missile defense, KAMD, will be developed into an independent system and will collaborate to enhance KAMD’s interoperability while securing its efficient operation.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/press-conference-president-obama-and-president-park-republic-korea

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      President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a working dinner
      Seoul, South Korea

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    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    South Korea

    April 26

    President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
    Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama is briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers
    Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama visits US troops and their families
    Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama deliver remarks to US service members and US embassy staff
    Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

    President Obama travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    April 26

    President Obama arrives in Malaysia

    Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia hosts a State dinner for Presidnet Obama
    Istana Negara Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama overnights in Malaysia

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      President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
      Seoul, South Korea

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        April 25, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama at Business Roundtable

        Grand Hyatt Hotel
        Seoul, Republic of Korea

        9:11 A.M. KST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to thank Jim Kim and the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea for hosting us. And I’m very pleased to be meeting with these business leaders, both Korean and American, who have been in discussions with Michael Froman, our Ambassador for trade, as well as Caroline Atkinson, who is one of my senior advisors on international economics, because what we want to do is to underscore the fact that, as important as the security relationship and the alliance is between the Republic of Korea and the United States, what is also important is the incredible and growing economic ties that are creating jobs and opportunity in both countries.

        I said yesterday with President Park that under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, our trade has increased. These business leaders know concretely what this means. American companies are exporting more to Korea; Korean companies are exporting more to the United States. So it’s a win-win for both countries.

        We also know that we still have some more work to do to fully implement the trade agreement and make sure that we’re maximizing its benefits, that our companies can compete fairly in areas like autos and IT and organic foods. And I discussed this with President Park last night. We both agreed that these are issues we can work through together. And given South Korea’s interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fully implementing KORUS also is the single most important step that South Korea can take now to show that it’s prepared to eventually meet the high standards of TPP.

        And finally, we are joined by some outstanding Korean companies that are already invested in the United States and we want to thank them for their investments and the jobs that they’re creating back home.

        I just want to remind companies around the world that if you are looking for a great place to set up shop, come to the United States. We’ve got outstanding workers, great universities, incredible productivity, great energy sources and a pretty big consumer market last I checked. And you’re also going to have a White House and federal government, but working with state and local governments, who are absolutely committed to making it easier for companies to invest in the United States. And whether it’s high skills that you’re looking for, or productivity, our open economy, research and development, innovation, I think more and more companies realize it makes sense to locate in the U.S. And with our SelectUSA initiative, we’re making it easier to invest.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/remarks-president-obama-business-roundtable

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      President Obama is briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers
      Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

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      President Obama visits US troops and their families
      Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

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      10:05 PM ET
      President Obama Speaks at Yongsan Garrison
      Yongsan, South Korea

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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        April 26, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama to U.S. Troops and Personnel at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan

        United States Army Garrison Yongsan

        Seoul, Republic of Korea

        10:57 A.M. KST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, hello, Yongsan! (Applause.) It is good to be back to Yongsan Garrison. I want to thank one of our military’s most tested and trusted leaders for that outstanding introduction — General Mike Scaparrotti. (Applause.) Now, I’ve been told — I don’t know if you’ve heard this story — that, years ago, Scap was actually an extra in a movie about the Battle of Inchon — the turning point of the Korean War. So it’s only fitting that after a career of proud service that’s taken him from West Point to Iraq to Afghanistan, he is now Commander of U.S. Forces Korea. And we could not be prouder of his effort.

        He’s got a great partner in our other representative, Ambassador Kim, a proud Korean-American, for strengthening the rock-solid alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea. Give Ambassador Kim a big round of applause. (Applause.)

        All of you have helped keep this alliance the linchpin of security and stability in the Asia Pacific. The 8th Army is in the house. (Applause.) The 7th Air Force is in the house. (Applause.) U.S. Naval Forces Korea. (Applause.) U.S. Marine Forces Korea. (Applause.) Special Operations Command. (Applause.) We’ve got our standing DOD civilians. (Applause.) And we have our wonderful U.S. Embassy staff are here as well. (Applause.)

        AUDIENCE MEMBER: And the VA!

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yes, good job, VA — in the house!

        And I know we’ve got some outstanding spouses — (applause) — and family members, kids in the house. And I want to thank you as well, because you bear the burdens of service as well — whether it’s separation from a loved one, or transitioning to a new country. And I just want you to know that America is grateful for your sacrifice and your service.

        Now, President Park and I just attended a briefing led by General Scaparrotti with the Combined Forces Command. And then I signed the guest book that sits on top of a table where the Korean War Armistice was signed. And both of those moments drove home the truth that, after more than 60 years, our alliance is as strong as it has ever been and as effective as it has ever been.

        And nowhere is that more evident than in the professionalism and the interoperability of our militaries. Even when Scap had to travel to Washington to testify before Congress last month, he was never more than a phone call or a teleconference away from Admiral Choi. And that’s because our forces on duty here — American and Korean — are highly trained, closely coordinated, fit to fight tonight and every other night. (Applause.)

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/26/remarks-president-obama-us-troops-and-personnel-us-army-garrison-yongsan

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      President Obama participates in an official arrival ceremony
      Parliament Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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        Obama Makes Landmark Visit to Malaysia

        April 26, 2014 5:19 AM Luis Ramirez – voanews

        KUALA LUMPUR — President Barack Obama has become the first U.S. president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century. Obama on Saturday arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the third stop on an Asian tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region.

        President Barack Obama is the first American leader to set foot in Malaysia since President Lyndon Johnson came here in 1966.

        With a red carpet, and an elaborate honor guard at a ceremony in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s King, Sultan Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak welcomed Mr. Obama on this two-day visit aimed at strengthening already robust trade and security ties.

        Malaysia is predominantly Muslim and the national Mosque is on the president’s itinerary as a gesture of good will.

        For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-in-malaysia-on-third-leg-of-asian-tour/1901699.html

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        Obama welcomed by Malaysian King in Kuala Lumpur

        Published on Apr 26, 2014 UkraineOneNews

        Malaysia’s king hosts a state welcome ceremony for U.S. President Barack Obama in Kuala Lumpur, as Obama kicks off three-day visit in the southeast Asian nation

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      Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia hosts a State dinner for Presidnet Obama
      Istana Negara Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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        April 26, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and His Majesty King Halim of Malaysia at State Banquet

        Istana Negara

        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        8:38 P.M. MST

        HIS MAJESTY KING HALIM: The honorable President Barack Obama, President of the United States; Excellencies; honored guests; ladies and gentlemen: The Raja Permaisuri Agong joins us in warmly welcoming you, Mr. President, and your delegation to Istana Negara on the occasion of your state visit to Malaysia.

        The visit clearly manifests the excellent state of the longstanding relations between our governments and people of Malaysia and the United States.

        Your Honorable, we are heartened that your visit builds upon the close bond of friendship between our two countries on the recent missing flight MH370 involving many nationalities, including Malaysians and Americans. We wish to express our utmost gratitude for the U.S. unwavering support and cooperation. Your involvement since the beginning of the search-and-rescue mission and the ongoing recovery operation indeed exemplifies the strong commitment established between our two countries.

        We are pleased to see the ties between our two countries gaining so much traction. Over the years, the two countries’ common interests and shared values have flourished. We are also delighted that both our countries will be discussing ways to strengthen cooperation in wide-ranging areas of economy, security and defense, education, energy, science and technology, and people-to-people relations.

        The economic ties between our two countries have been very strong. Your continuous support to our country’s economic growth would prepare Malaysia in its aspiration to reach the developed nation status.

        We welcome the United States to continue working hand in hand with Malaysia to ensure the peace and stability of the region. This could be attained through the shared values and mutual respect, understanding and moderation, coupled by the strong people-to-people relations, testifying both our countries’ goodwill and mutual understanding.

        Mr. President, you can be rest assured that Malaysia will continue our efforts to build a strong, nourished and lasting relationship between the United States as a foundation for the stability and prosperity of our countries.

        We hope that your visit to Malaysia is both meaningful and memorable. It is our hope that you will enjoy our hospitality and return to the United States with fond memories of Malaysia. We pray for your continued good health, as well as for that of your family and for the people of the United States. We pray also for peace, stability and prosperity for both our countries in the years to come.

        Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to invite all of you to join us in proposing a toast to the President and the people of the United States.

        Thank you.

        (A toast is offered.)

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening. Selamat Petang. (Applause.) Your Majesty, thank you so much for those warm words. To you; Her Majesty; Madam Rosmah; Prime Minister; distinguished guests and friends — thank you for the extraordinary hospitality that you’ve shown me and my delegation. And on behalf of my country, I want to thank the Malaysian people for the wonderful welcome that you extended to us today.

        I’m delighted to make this historic visit. As some of you may know, it has been nearly 50 years since an American President visited Malaysia. In his memoirs, Lyndon Johnson wrote of how impressed he was by the “extraordinary vitality and eagerness” he saw in the faces of people here and throughout Southeast Asia. And I’m eager to see that same boleh spirit tomorrow — (applause) — when I have the opportunity to speak with young people from across Southeast Asia at the University of Malaya.

        Mr. Prime Minister, I look forward to our work together, and I pledge to infuse our efforts with that same spirit. Tonight, I simply want to express my gratitude for the generosity that you’ve shown us today — a generosity the people of Malaysia have extended to my family since I was elected.

        As some of you may know, two years ago, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia hosted an exhibit that showcased some of my mother’s batik collection. Now, my mother loved batik. I remember when I was a boy growing up in Jakarta, she’d come home from village markets with her arms full of batik and she’d lay them around the house and look at them, and make dresses out of them. And I was a young boy so I wasn’t as excited as she was. (Laughter.)

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/26/remarks-president-obama-and-his-majesty-king-halim-malaysia-state-banque

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    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Malaysia

    April 27

    President Obama visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a bilateral meeting Malaysian
    Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a working lunch Malaysian
    Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a joint press conference Malaysian
    Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister participates in an event Malaysian
    Global Innovation and Creativity Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama participates in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
    Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    President Obama overnights in Malaysia

    April 28
    President Obama participates in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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      President Obama visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a bilateral meeting Malaysian
      Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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        April 27, 2014

        Joint Statement By President Obama And Prime Minister Najib Of Malaysia

        The Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America held a bilateral meeting on 27 April 2014 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

        The two leaders reflected on the historic nature of President Obama’s State Visit to Malaysia, the first Presidential visit in 48 years, and the resilience of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United States. Both leaders reaffirmed their mutual commitment to further enhance Malaysia – U.S. engagement on issues of bilateral, regional and international importance.

        Reflecting on the search for missing flight MH370 which carried passengers and crew from 14 nations, including Malaysia and the United States, the Prime Minister expressed Malaysia’s gratitude to President Obama for the United States’ unwavering support. Malaysia is heartened by the presence of the United States from day one in the ongoing operations to locate flight MH370. The support received exemplifies the strong ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/27/joint-statement-president-obama-and-prime-minister-najib-malaysia-0

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        April 27, 2014

        FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

        Today, President Obama hosted a town hall with youth from across the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). YSEALI is the President’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders. President Obama announced YSEALI via video message December 2013 during the LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit in Manila, Philippines.

        Engaging and strengthening ties with young people is a critical element of the United States’ rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Recognizing that over 65 percent of ASEAN’s population is under the age of 35, YSEALI is an important investment in the next generation of Southeast Asian leaders. This initiative expands existing U.S. engagement in the region to better empower, support, and connect youth across Southeast Asia. Learn more about YSEALI here.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/27/fact-sheet-president-s-young-southeast-asian-leaders-initiative-0

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      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a joint press conference Malaysian
      Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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        April 27, 2014

        Joint Press Conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia

        Perdana Putra

        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        1:32 P.M. MST

        PRIME MINISTER NAJIB: A very good afternoon. It is an honor to host you, Mr. President, and the United States delegation. On behalf of the Malaysian people, I extend to you our warmest greeting.

        Normally, I would say selamat datang, which means “welcome” in our language. But since you grew up not far from here, you’re one of the few leaders, world leaders, who will understand when I say selamat datang, sahabat saya.

        Forty-eight years ago, a United States President first stepped onto Malaysian soil. Back then, TV was black and white. The Monkees were topping the U.S. charts with “The Last Train to Clarksville.” (Laughter.)

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: It’s a good song. (Laughter.)

        PRIME MINISTER NAJIB: And the “Sound of Music” movie was winning Academy Awards. Today, Mr. President, you see not rubber trees, as Lyndon B. Johnson did, but soaring skyscrapers. They are a testament to the transformation that is taking place here in Malaysia. And on this journey we are thankful for the United States’ hand in friendship.

        Over the past two months, the strength of our relationship has been revealed for all to see. From the day MH370 went missing, the United States lent its considerable expertise to the investigation and its unique capabilities and assets to the search effort. We are grateful to you for standing by Malaysia in our hour of need.

        The U.S. and Malaysia have a longstanding relationship. We established diplomatic relations on the day of Malaysia’s independence in 1957. In the decades that followed, when ideological tensions tore at Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Malaysia remained firm friends. And over the past few years, we have been working to strengthen the bonds between us. Today we see the fruits of this labor on the economy, on security and on people-to-people relations. We are closer now than ever before.

        Earlier this morning, the President and I talked at length about the issues we face in the region and in the world, and we took significant steps towards our shared objectives. First and foremost, we agreed to upgrade our bilateral relations to a Comprehensive Partnership. This marks a new phase in our relationship with greater collaboration on the economy, security, education, science, technology, and more. We also decided to reinvigorate the Senior Officials Dialogue as a key forum for high-level discussion. Together, these agreements lay a firm foundation for further cooperation to come.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/27/joint-press-conference-president-obama-and-prime-minister-najib-malaysia

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      President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister participates in an event Malaysian
      Global Innovation and Creativity Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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        April 27, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        2:53 P.M. MST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, hello, everybody.

        AUDIENCE: Hello!

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Selamat petang. I want to thank Prime Minister Najib for bringing me here today, as well as Cheryl Yeoh. Where’s Cheryl? She was here just a second ago. There she is over there — (applause) — who’s going to be directing the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center, or “MaGIC,” and Startup Malaysia.

        As Prime Minister Najib indicated, we are here because we have a shared commitment to fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship, especially among our young people. We want you to be able to create things and start your own companies and your own businesses, and come up with your own products and services, because that’s how our societies grow. And the dreams and talents of these young people help to fuel our economies and create jobs, and they also bring our countries closer together.

        So, five years ago, when I was in Cairo, I called for a new partnership between the United States and Muslim communities around the world — partnerships where we could focus on the things that matter most in people’s daily lives, including jobs and providing for our families. So often the conversation between the United States and Muslim communities was around security issues, but the truth is, day to day what people are concerned about is jobs and businesses and improving quality of life for themselves and their families. And that was not enough of a conversation that was taking place.

        So I was proud to host the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington. Prime Minister Najib — who has been working to empower entrepreneurs here in Malaysia — hosted last year’s summit in Kuala Lumpur. And the impact has been phenomenal.

        Around the world, we are helping young entrepreneurs connect and collaborate and start their own businesses, serve their communities, tackle global challenges like expanding education and combating climate change, and create this center to turn their ideas into reality. And this center is a direct result of the entrepreneurship summit that the Prime Minister hosted. It’s a one-stop shop so young entrepreneurs, they can come here, they can get help to file a patent for their ideas, they can access loans and venture capital, they can get technical training and assistance, and they can get their businesses up and running.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/27/remarks-president-obama-malaysian-global-innovation-and-creativity-cente

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      President Obama participates in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
      Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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        April 27, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall
        University of Malaya
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        3:54 P.M. MST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon. Selamat petang. Please, everybody have a seat. It is wonderful to be here and it is wonderful to see all these outstanding young people here.

        I want to thank, first of all, the University of Malaya for hosting us. I want to thank the Malaysian people for making us feel so welcome. Anita, thank you for helping to moderate.

        These trips are usually all business for me, but every once in a while I want to have some fun, so I try to hold an event like this where I get to hear directly from young people like you — because I firmly believe that you will shape the future of your countries and the future of this region. And I’m glad to see so many students who are here today, including young people from across Southeast Asia. And I know some of you are joining us online and through social media, and you’ll be able to ask me questions, too.

        This is my fifth trip to Asia as President, and I plan to be back again later this year — not just because I like the sights and the food, although I do, but because a few years ago I made a deliberate and strategic decision as President of the United States that America will play a larger, more comprehensive role in this region’s future.

        I know some still ask what this strategy is all about. So before I answer your questions, I just want to answer that one question — why Asia is so important to America, and why Southeast Asia has been a particular focus, and finally, why I believe that young people like you have to be the ones who lead us forward.

        Many of you know this part of the world has special meaning for me. I was born in Hawaii, right in the middle of the Pacific. I lived in Indonesia as a boy. (Applause.) Hey! There’s the Indonesian contingent. (Applause.) Yes, that’s where they’re from. My sister, Maya, was born in Jakarta. She’s married to a man whose parents were born here — my brother-in-law’s father in Sandakan, and his mom in Kudat. (Applause.) And my mother spent years working in the villages of Southeast Asia, helping women buy sewing machines or gain an education so that they could better earn a living.

        And as I mentioned last night to His Majesty the King, and the Prime Minister, I’m very grateful for the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia for hosting an exhibit that showcased some of my mother’s batik collection, because it meant a lot to her and it’s part of the connection that I felt and I continue to feel to this region.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/27/remarks-president-obama-young-southeast-asian-leaders-initiative-town-ha

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      On the Rhodes: Departing Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia

      Published on Apr 28, 2014

      Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, checks in from the tarmac in Kuala Lumpur as the President leaves Malaysia for the Philippines during his trip to Asia in April 2014.

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      April 28, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama at Commercial Deals Signing Ceremony

      Ritz-Carlton Hotel
      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      9:24 A.M. MST

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s a great pleasure to be here with Prime Minister Najib. Before I leave to my next stop on this tour, I thought it was entirely appropriate for us to end my wonderful visit here in Malaysia with an event that directly relates to jobs, business, the wellbeing of our people.

      Yesterday we agreed to forge a new comprehensive partnership between Malaysia and the United States, and that includes working to expand our economic ties. In the United States, our government goes to bat every day for American companies that are trying to export or do business abroad. We advocate for them. We help facilitate deals like this. And today, we’re selling more American exports around the world than ever before.

      I want to congratulate these American companies for completing these important commercial deals. Together, these three deals — in aviation, biotech and insurance — are worth nearly $2 billion. It means these companies will be doing more business in Malaysia and selling more exports marked “Made in America.” These deals support American jobs in places like Ohio and North Carolina. And companies that export often pay better wages, so it’s a good day for American workers as well.

      The United States is already the largest foreign investor in Malaysia. And Malaysia is one of the fastest-growing investors in the United States. And I want to do even more business together. And I know the Prime Minister agrees. So these deals reflect our commitment to stepping up our game — competing harder, investing more — not only in each other’s countries, but across the region.

      And finally, today reminds us that we need to do everything we can to promote more trade and ties like this. And that includes reducing some of the existing barriers to trade and investment and completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is going to open up more markets to our exports and support good jobs.

      So I want to thank Prime Minister Najib for being here and for his commitment to expanding the economic ties between our countries. I want to thank these outstanding business leaders behind us for the great work that they do and the jobs they support back home in the United States. Here in Asia and around the world, I’m going to keep advocating on behalf of American companies and American workers so that we continue to see more growth and prosperity not only in our own country but around the world.

      And with that, we’ll let them sign these agreements. Congratulations. (Applause.)

      (Business leaders sign agreements.)

      Thanks, everybody.

      • CR says:

        April 27, 2014

        President Obama Congratulates American Companies On Completing Commercial Agreements

        Agreements will increase exports, boost investment in the U.S. and support American jobs

        Today, President Obama attended a signing ceremony to congratulate three American companies — General Electric, Verdezyne and MetLife — on the completion of commercial agreements in Malaysia worth more than $1.8 billion. As a result of these deals, U.S. companies will be doing more business in Malaysia, increasing U.S. exports, and Malaysians will be investing in America. All these transactions help support good jobs in the United States.

        Three Agreements

        GE-Air Asia X

        General Electric will supply engines and related maintenance to power 25 new A330 aircraft for Air Asia X. This sale, worth more than $1.5 billion, will help support thousands of jobs in Cincinnati, Ohio, Durham, North Carolina, Rutland, Vermont and elsewhere in the United States as well as jobs in GE’s 150 suppliers in 34 states. With this agreement, GE will have provided 600 engines to AirAsia.

        Verdezyne-Sime Darby

        Sime Darby will take a 30% stake, valued at $30 million, in San Diego-based Verdezyne, a start-up biotechnology company. Verdezyne will use this investment to fund research and development in the United States. The two companies will cooperate on developing a new facility that will convert palm oil waste into valuable industrial chemicals.

        MetLife-AmBank Group

        MetLife and AmBank have agreed to cooperate on a $250 million venture to distribute savings and insurance products, including Takaful, Islamic-compliant insurance contracts. AmBank is the fifth largest banking group in Malaysia.

        U.S.-Malaysia Investment and Trade

        Malaysia is one of the fastest growing investors in the US. For example, Genting, a leisure and hospitality company, is investing over $3 billion into the hotel & tourism sector. The Malaysia Life Science Capital Fund includes several U.S. biotechnology companies in its investment portfolio. Finally, Khazanah, the state investment fund, recently opened an office in San Francisco targeting high-tech investments.

        Malaysia is also the second largest U.S. trading partner in ASEAN and the United States is Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner worldwide.

        Reflecting Malaysia’s strong integration into global supply chains, semiconductors, computer parts and electronic equipment form a substantial part of bilateral trade. Other U.S. exports include civilian aircraft, industrial equipment and chemicals and agricultural products, while additional substantial Malaysian exports include palm oil and medical equipment.

        In 2013, bilateral trade in goods increased to $40.3 billion from $38.8 billion in 2012.

    • CR says:

      April 28, 2014

      Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Malaysian Opposition Leaders

      Today, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with three top leaders of the Malaysian political opposition to hear their views on the situation in Malaysia and their efforts to press for greater democracy, transparency, and reform. Ambassador Rice underscored that the President’s historic visit to Malaysia has been an important opportunity to continue the transformation of the relationship between our two countries–but that even as we deepen our cooperation with the Malaysian government, we are looking to expand our engagement with all of Malaysia, including civil society, industry, students, and participants from across the political spectrum.

      Ambassador Rice reiterated the President’s message that countries that welcome the contributions, and uphold the human rights of all their citizens, regardless of their political affiliation, ethnicity, race or religion are ultimately more prosperous and more successful. She also shared the United States’ view that it is critical for Malaysia to apply the rule of law fairly, transparently, and apolitically in order to promote confidence in Malaysia’s democracy and judiciary.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/readout-national-security-advisor-susan-e-rices-meeting-malaysian-opposi

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    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Philippines

    April 28

    President Obama travels to the Philippines

    President Obama arrives in the Philippines

    President Obama and Philippines President Akino hold a bilateral meeting
    Manila, Philippines

    President Obama and Philippines President Akino hold a joint press conference
    Manila, Philippines

    Philippines President Akino hosts a state dinner for President Obama
    Manila, Philippines

    President Obama overnights in the Philipines

    • CR says:

      April 28, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines in Joint Press Conference

      Malacañang Palace
      Manila, Philippines

      3:40 P.M. PHT

      PRESIDENT AQUINO: The honorable President of the United States Barack Obama and his official delegation, members of the Cabinet present, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen: good afternoon.

      Today, the Philippines welcomes President Obama and his delegation on his first state visit to the Philippines. The United States is a key ally, a strategic partner, and a reliable friend of the Philippines.

      With this visit, we reaffirm the deep partnership between our countries, one founded on democratic values, mutual interest in our shared history and aspirations, and one that will definitely give us the momentum to propel our peoples to even greater heights.

      We witnessed the most recent and tangible manifestations of this in the immediate outpouring of assistance from the government of the United States and the American people in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, and your nation’s clear expression of solidarity with the typhoon survivors.

      Mr. President, in your State of the Union address earlier this year, you spoke of how American volunteers and troops were greeted with gratitude in the affected areas. Today, I reiterate formally the Filipino people will never forget such kindness and compassion. On behalf of my countrymen, I thank the United States of America once more for being a true friend to our people.

      The friendship and partnership between our countries, however, are evident not only in times of crisis and immediate need, but also in other aspects of our relations. Our defense alliance has been a cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region for more than 60 years. And our strategic partnership spans a broad range of areas of cooperation, contributing to the growth and prosperity of both our nations, and fostering closer bonds between our peoples.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-and-president-benigno-aquino-iii-philippines-joi

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      U.S.-Philippine Pact Expands Defense Cooperation

      April 28, 2014 By Jim Garamone – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, – U.S. and Philippine leaders praised the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement the two nations signed yesterday, saying it updates and builds on the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951.

      The agreement “facilitates the enhanced rotational presence of U.S. forces, expands opportunities for training and supports the long-term modernization of the Philippine military,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters today.

      The United States is “particularly focused” on strengthening Philippine maritime security, enhancing maritime domain awareness and improving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, the colonel said.

      The agreement was announced during President Barack Obama’s visit to the Phillippines. President Benigno Aquino III touted the benefits of the pact during a news conference in Manila yesterday.

      “The Philippines is a vital partner on issues such as maritime security and freedom of navigation,” Obama said. “The goal for this agreement is to build Philippine capacity, to engage in training, to engage in coordination — not simply to deal with issues of maritime security, but also to enhance our capabilities so that if there’s a natural disaster that takes place, we’re able to potentially respond more quickly, [and] if there are additional threats that may arise, that we are able to work in a cooperative fashion.”

      The agreement will allow the United States to pre-position relief supplies in the Philippines, Warren said, but “does not provide for permanent U.S. bases, and we have no intent to open permanent bases in the Philippines.”

      For more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122136

    • CR says:

      April 28, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino III of the Philippines at State Dinner

      Malacanang Palace
      Manila, Philippines

      7:24 P.M. PHT

      PRESIDENT AQUINO: President Obama; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Former President Fidel Valdez Ramos; President Joseph Ejército Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilo;, members of the Senate present; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and now members of the House present; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the Justices of the Supreme Court; Secretary Albert de Rosario; Secretary Paquito Ochoa; members of the Cabinet; Ambassador Joey Cuisia; Ambassador Philip Goldberg; Ambassador Susan Rice; Ambassador Michael Froman; Mr. Rob Nabors; Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps; distinguished members of the U.S. delegation; honored guests; ladies and gentlemen: Good evening.

      Mr. President, on behalf of the Filipino people, I welcome you and your delegation to the Philippines. Though your stay here in our country may be short, I hope that it will allow you to see and experience for yourself how, indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines and that, undoubtedly, the Philippines works.

      Mr. President, the historic friendship between our peoples has been punctuated by visits from your predecessors. Your visit, the eighth by a U.S. President, has been a long time coming and it marks yet another important chapter in our relations. Your presence here today reaffirms the strong bond between our nations. As a friend and partner of the Filipino people, Mr. President, you have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the growth and development of our nation.

      It is only fitting, therefore, that your efforts be recognized with the conferment of the Order of Sikatuna. Since 1953, the highest recognition of diplomatic merit of the Republic of the Philippines has been the Order of Sikatuna. It has been conferred on those who have fostered and elevated the bilateral partnership of our country with other nations.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-and-president-aquino-iii-philippines-state-dinne

  27. CR says:

    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Philippines

    April 29

    President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle
    Manila, Philippines

    President Obama delivers remarks to US and Filipino service memebers and veterans
    Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
    American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama departs the Philippines for the White House

    • CR says:

      President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle
      Manila, Philippines

    • CR says:

      April 28, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama to Filipino and U.S. Armed Forces at Fort Bonifacio

      Fort Bonifacio
      Manila, The Philippines

      9:56 A.M. PHT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! Please, have a seat. Kumusta kayo. It is great to be here at Fort Bonifacio. Vice President Binay, distinguished guests: It’s an honor to be here with our outstanding allies — the leaders and members of the armed forces of the Philippines. And we’re joined by men and women who stand tall and proud to wear the uniform of the United States of America. And let me also welcome all our Filipino friends.

      Now, I’m not going to give a long speech, because it’s hot and people are in uniform. I hope you don’t mind me not wearing my jacket. And I also want to make sure that I have some time to shake some hands.

      But I’m here in the Philippines to reaffirm the enduring alliance between our two countries. I thank President Aquino for his partnership and the deeper ties that we forged yesterday. I’m especially proud to be here as we remember one of the defining moments of our shared history — the 70th anniversary of the battle of Leyte during World War II and the beginning of the liberation of the Philippines.

      Right after this, I’ll pay my respects at the American cemetery here in Manila — the final resting place of so many Americans and Filipinos who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of this country in that war. These Americans and Filipinos rest in peace as they stood in war — side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder — balikatan.

      Together, Filipinos and Americans put up a heroic defense, at Bataan and Corregidor. Together, they endured the agony of the death marches and the horror of the prisoner of war camps. Many never made it out. In those years of occupation, Filipino resistance fighters kept up the struggle. And hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fought under the American flag.

      And sadly, the proud service of many of these Filipino veterans was never fully recognized by the United States. Many were denied the compensation they had been promised. It was an injustice. So in recent years, my administration, working with Congress and others, have worked to right this wrong. We passed a law, reviewed the records, processed claims, and nearly 20,000 Filipino veterans from World War II and their families finally received the compensation they had earned. And it was the right thing to do. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-filipino-and-us-armed-forces-fort-bonifacio

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