William Carpenter – Medal of Honor & FLOTUS Michelle @ DCCAP 2014 Commencement

Medal of Honor

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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

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June 19, 2014
President Barack Obama awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
White House

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 First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2014 Graduating Seniors

DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) Graduation Celebration on June 19 at 6:00 PM (Eastern)

Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the Graduation Celebration for the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) on Thursday, June 19 at 6:00 PM Eastern at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. DC-CAP is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping DC high school students prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from college. The overwhelming majority of students served by DC-CAP are from low-income, minority, single-parent households and are the first in their families to attend college. DC-CAP provides student and parent college readiness counseling starting in 9th grade helping families navigate the college application and financial aid process throughout the high school years. DC-CAP also provides integral support and financial assistance for students while in college. Since DC-CAP’s inception in 1999, the program has played a critical role in helping to double the number of students enrolling in college and tripling the number who graduate in DC. The event is an opportunity to applaud their achievement and honor their families who supported them.

 

District of Columbia College Access Program Commencement 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Thursday, June 19 @ 6:00 PM ET
The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

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32 thoughts on “William Carpenter – Medal of Honor & FLOTUS Michelle @ DCCAP 2014 Commencement

  1. WH

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    President Obama joins a President’s Expo Council Meeting
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington DC

    11:00 AM
    President Obama meets with members of his national security team
    The Situation Room

    12:00 PM
    Vice President Biden arrives at the Presidential Palace
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    12:15 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a bilateral meeting
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    12:30 PM
    President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Iraq
    Brady Press Briefing Room, White House

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a press conference
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
    The White House

    2:45 PM
    Vice President Biden visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks
    Maritima Solar facility, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech for District of Columbia College Access Program
    The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden travels to Guatemala

  2. May 19, 2014

    President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/19/president-obama-award-medal-honor

    • Medal of Honor

      marines.mil

      CORPORAL WILLIAM “KYLE” CARPENTER

      Corporal William CarpenterWilliam “Kyle” Carpenter was born in Flowood, Mississippi on October 17, 1989, and attended high school at W. Wyman King Academy, Batesburg, South Carolina, graduating in 2008. In February 2009, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Recruiting Station Columbia, South Carolina, and completed his basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, later that year.

      At the time of his deployment in 2010 to combat duty in Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, he was a Lance Corporal serving as a Squad Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

      In July 2013, he was medically retired as a Corporal due to his wounds. He is currently a full time student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

      For more: http://www.marines.mil/moh/Profile.aspx

    • First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2014 Graduating Seniors

      DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) Graduation Celebration on June 19 at 6:00 PM (Eastern)
      Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the Graduation Celebration for the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) on Thursday, June 19 at 6:00 PM Eastern at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. DC-CAP is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping DC high school students prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from college. The overwhelming majority of students served by DC-CAP are from low-income, minority, single-parent households and are the first in their families to attend college. DC-CAP provides student and parent college readiness counseling starting in 9th grade helping families navigate the college application and financial aid process throughout the high school years. DC-CAP also provides integral support and financial assistance for students while in college. Since DC-CAP’s inception in 1999, the program has played a critical role in helping to double the number of students enrolling in college and tripling the number who graduate in DC. The event is an opportunity to applaud their achievement and honor their families who supported them.

    • June 19, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at DC-CAP Graduation Celebration

      Wardman Park Mariott
      Washington, D.C.

      6:15 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, hello! (Applause.) How is everybody doing? You all rest yourselves.

      Well, I am beyond thrilled to be here tonight because we are celebrating these outstanding DC-CAP graduates from the class of 2014. I told you all this when we took — I am so proud of you all. I am so proud.

      And I want to start by thanking Jonathan — yes — (applause) — for that wonderful introduction. And thank you for your service to our country. I’m proud of you. (Applause.) Yes, indeed.

      I also want to recognize the CEO of DC-CAP, Argelia Rodriguez. (Applause.) And I know her mom is here, so I’m going to recognize Mom, as well. She told me she’s keeping an eye on her. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. I told her I have one of these at home too — (laughter) — keeping an eye on me. I also want to recognize the Board Chairman, Donald Graham. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. And I want to thank them both, as well as the staff and the entire board for all of your outstanding leadership, the wonderful work that you have done to help these young people thrive and succeed. You all are an amazing group of people.

      And of course, I want to give a huge shoutout to all of the families here tonight. (Applause.) Yes, the folks who pushed you, who prayed for you, who believed in you every step of the way. Tonight is your night too. Right, graduates? (Applause.) Yes, indeed.

      And finally, to our graduates.

      (Baby cries.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, yes. (Laughter.) That’s soon to be. Soon to be. (Laughter.) But congratulations to you all. I know you all have worked so hard. You have journeyed so far and overcome so much to earn your degrees.

      Remember how you first felt when you first left home and set foot on that college campus? I know for many of you, being the first from your family or maybe even from your whole neighborhood to attend college must have been pretty unsettling at times.

      Maybe there were times when you were overwhelmed in some of your classes, or felt uneasy around your new classmates. Maybe there were months when you ran low on cash and worried about paying for those books or food even — you can give me an Amen! (Applause.) Maybe you were homesick and desperately missed your family and friends. And maybe there were nights when you lay awake wondering whether you really belonged, or if they had made some terrible mistake by letting you in. (Laughter.)

      But here’s the thing, graduates: You didn’t give in to your panic. You didn’t give in to your doubt or despair. Instead, you swallowed your pride and you asked for help. You opened your heart and you made new friends. You patched together scholarships and jobs to make ends meet. And you studied like your life depended on it, because you knew that it did.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-first-lady-dc-cap-graduation-celebration

  3. https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/biden-air-force-two-e1402927307572.jpg?w=700

    Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

    Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a bilateral meeting
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a press conference
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks
    Maritima Solar facility, Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden travels to Guatemala

    • June 19, 2014

      Remarks to the Press by the Vice President and Dominican President Medina

      The Presidential Palace
      Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      2:30 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT MEDINA: (As interpreted.) Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome Vice President Joe Biden and his delegation in the name of the government and the people of the Dominican Republic, as well as in my own name.

      I would like also to take the opportunity of our distinguished guest to send a message of friendship and solidarity to President Barack Obama and to the people of the United States.

      In his public, as well as his private life, Vice President Biden is an example of tenacity and strength before adversities, qualities that determine the leadership that he has in his country and the world. His visit to our land, crib of the expansion of the Western world to the Americas comes to deepen our relations with the United States based in respect and mutual collaboration.

      In the meeting that we just concluded, we have overviewed the bilateral relation and touched on points of mutual interest, amongst which security in the area of the Caribbean and Central America, the fight against the scourge of illegal drug trafficking, the topic of energy and trade may be underscored.

      The Dominican Republic and the United States work hand in hand to guarantee security in the area of the Caribbean and Central America. The joint efforts are crucial to combat illegal drug trafficking, but also trafficking in persons, and containment of illegal immigration. In this respect we thank you for your support that is now manifested also through the initiatives promoted by the United States in favor of regional security in the actions of the Central American Integration System.

      As you all know, the United States is our main trade partner. And since the signing of the free trade agreement, DR-CAFTA, exports to that market have grown by 24 percent, from $3 billion in 2007 to $4.2 billion just last year. Trade between our nations amounted $12 billion in 2012. And the Dominican Republic is the ninth place for U.S. exports to the Western Hemisphere.

      We are aware, however, of the fact that DR-CAFTA also presents challenges. As a product of the great asymmetries between our economies, we trust to have the collaboration of the United States so that our trade be undertaken always under conditions of fairness that are sustainable for our producers. Our concern — sustainable for our producers. In this respect, I must indicate that we are very pleased with the answer that President Obama gave to the letter that we sent related to the dangers that the Trans Pacific Partnership represents for the Dominican economy. We trust that the United States will take into consideration our concern, and that we will not be forced to compete at a disadvantage in the U.S. market.

      Another fundamental aspect of our agenda has been energy security, a topic of vital importance for this government because of its profound repercussions in our national budget, and of course in the development of our nation. The Dominican Republic has launched an ambitious transformation agenda in energy, an integral project that should take us to overcome the energy deficit once and for all.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-press-vice-president-and-dominican-president-medina

    • June 19, 2014

      Remarks by the Vice President at Maritima Solar

      Maritima Solar
      Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s a pleasure to be here, and I want to thank you for showing me the remarkable job you’ve done here. And energy security is vital for every nation. You see it around the world, and energy dependence is a very difficult place to find yourself as a nation. Indeed, it’s quite frankly a matter of national security around the world.

      I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the last two months in Ukraine. You see what the Russians are doing relative to using gas as a foreign policy tool to try to alter behavior. And so it’s — around the world in varying degrees it’s of significant consequence in terms of security, both economic and political security of a nation.

      But here in the Caribbean, the energy costs are the highest in the hemisphere. The entire hemisphere, they’re most expensive here in the Caribbean, and everybody feels it. For all the families that live here, it drains government budgets. And it holds back economic growth. Island nations face unique challenges when it comes to energy. They often depend on imports. They struggle to find economies of scale. And as a result, they sometimes end up with the most expensive and dirty fuel as a source of energy.

      Of course, each country is unique — with its own opportunities and its own challenges. But there is — so there’s no one-size-fits-all program initiative relative to energy that can be applied.

      But for example, for some the answer will lie in natural gas. For others, the abundance of sun, wind, and geothermal or a combination of all of the above. But there is on common denominator for every island nation. For any country that hopes to succeed, it requires the creation of an open, transparent, market-based, clear set of rules applied equally all the time because that provides the incentive for the private sector to make the investments that build the infrastructure that’s required for a more secure energy future for this entire region.

      But it’s easier said than done. I know some of you reporters have a significant amount of — questions. It’s more easily said than done.

      There are those inside your countries and outside with a vested interest in defending the status quo. In some cases that includes outright corruption and graft. And I’m here today that any country willing to take difficult steps that are required, the reforms that are required, are willing to put in place the rules and the institutions required to find willing partners, they will find willing partners in the United States to help them turn that commitment into tangible change.

      And here’s what we are ready to do, the United States. First, the United States will provide direct technical assistance and expertise to create the (inaudible) environments that attract investments. Let me say it another way, without them, you cannot attract investments.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-vice-president-maritima-solar

  4. Join Valerie Jarrett for a Twitter Q&A on Helping Families Succeed

    Alex Wall June 18, 2014 01:47 PM EDT

    In 2014, American families look very different than before. In 63% of families with children, all parents work, and 32% of families with children are single-parent households. And yet, most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces. On average, women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same work.

    That’s why President Obama’s fighting for workplace policies that would give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home. On June 23rd, the White House will host a Working Families Summit to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

    As part of the lead-up to the Summit, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 19, at 4:30 p.m. ET, join her for a Twitter Q&A on helping working families succeed on her Twitter handle, @VJ44.

    READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/18/join-valerie-jarrett-twitter-qa-helping-families-succeed

  5. DC-CAP program sounds great… I like how this White House is always trying to find ways to bring more people into the main stream through diff. avenues–esp. education….

    Congratulations to Corporal Carpenter & Thank You for Your Service.

    Thanks CR, for the post. Isaac

    • Hey Isaac!

      You are so right about our White House! I am looking forward to watching both events.

  6. Smithsonian goes 3D with Barack Obama

    6/18/14 9:58 PM EDT By ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTON — A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama to create the first 3D printed portrait of a sitting president.

    Digital imaging specialists recently created a 3D printed bust and life mask of Obama, which will become part of his presidential depictions in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Both were shown Wednesday at a gathering of inventors, entrepreneurs and students at the White House.

    The Smithsonian team scanned Obama earlier this year using two distinct 3D processes. Experts from the University of Southern California used their “light stage” face scanner to document the president’s face from ear to ear. The team also used hand-held 3D scanners and cameras to record 3D data to create a bust of the president.

    The bust was 3D printed using a laser to melt plastic together in 5,000 layers. It took 40 hours to print, and because it’s plastic, the material will be durable over time, said image specialist Adam Metallo.

    Lifelike masks are nothing new, of course, though the technology is. Plaster masks were created of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s faces during their lives, and they are kept in the Smithsonian collection.

    “We were really inspired by our experience with the Lincoln life masks,” said Gunter Waibel, director of the Smithsonian’s digitization program.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/barack-obama-3d-portrait-smithsonian-108043.html?hp=l17

    • June 19, 2014

      Remarks by the President at Export Council Meeting

      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      10:30 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who are here. Some of you have been serving on our Export Council for quite some time. Some of you are here as new additions, but all of you have been extraordinarily successful in your various fields. And it gives us an enormous opportunity to hear from you in very concrete terms about how we can advance not just America’s export agenda, but how we can build the kind of economic future that we want for our kids and our grandkids.

      For the last 51 months, we have created jobs here in the United States — 9.4 million jobs in all. But we’re going to have to create more. And one of the best ways to do it is to boost American manufacturing and American exports. That’s why since I came into office we have been promoting American products and businesses when I travel overseas. It’s why we created the President’s Export Council in 2010. There are some of the most iconic companies in the world — Boeing being an example, Xerox being another one.

      And with your help, exports have driven one-third of the economic growth in our recovery and now support over 11 million U.S. jobs. Last year, we exported $2.3 trillion in goods and services, which was an all-time high. And business executives around the globe say that the United States is the best place to locate, the best place to invest, and the best place to hire. And that’s the first time that they’ve said that, that we are number one when it comes to their desirable location to invest. This is the first time they’ve said that in over a decade.

      So the “Made in America” brand is stronger than ever. And as we saw yesterday at the first White House Maker Faire — I was out there watching these 22-year-olds coming up with incredible things — it is going to be a remarkable future that we have to look ahead to. Because in many ways, manufacturing is becoming easier, some of the barriers to entry are lowering. It gives inventors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to create new products and services in ways that we can’t even imagine. And we want to make sure that all those trends accelerate here in the United States.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-president-export-council-meeting

  7. Jobless Claims in U.S. Fell Last Week as Labor Market Heals

    Jun 19, 2014 5:34 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of steady progress in the labor market.

    Jobless claims fell 6,000 to 312,000 in the week ended June 14, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 313,000. The total number of people collecting benefits decreased to the lowest level in almost seven years.

    Firings have been skirting pre-recession lows and companies are hiring as they look for a sustained pickup in household purchases. Payroll growth that is on pace for its best year since 1999 will need to spur bigger gains in wages for spending to accelerate and contribute more to the economic expansion.

    “The trend in initial claims is good,” Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “The job market continues to heal.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decreased-last-week-as-labor-market-heals.html

  8. American Expectations of Economy Reach One-Year High

    Jun 19, 2014 6:45 AM PT By Nina Glinski – bloomberg

    Americans’ outlook of the U.S. economy rose in June to a one-year high, driven by an improving job market that has the potential to boost spending.

    The monthly Bloomberg expectations gauge rose to 48.5, the highest since June 2013, from 42.5 the month prior, data today showed. The weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the period ended June 15 advanced to 37.1, approaching the strongest level of the year.

    Gains in payrolls that have exceeded 200,000 workers in each of the past four months will probably give households the confidence to spend, bolstering the economy in the second half of the year. A pickup in hiring, and the wages that go with it, will be needed to help consumers cope with the biggest increase in consumer prices in more than a year.

    “Sustained improvement in the labor market and modest wage gains appear to be offsetting rising food and gasoline costs,” said Joseph Brusuelas, senior economist at Bloomberg LP. The employment increases are giving Americans “a sunnier disposition,” he said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/american-expectations-of-economy-reach-one-year-high.html

  9. Leading Economic Indicators in U.S. Rise for Fourth Month

    Jun 19, 2014 7:34 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    The index of U.S. leading indicators rose in May for the fourth straight month, showing the economy will gain momentum following a slowdown at the start of 2014.

    The Conference Board’s gauge, a measure of the outlook for the next three to six months, increased 0.5 percent after a 0.3 percent gain in April, the New York-based group said today. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.6 percent advance.

    The Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep its benchmark interest rate low for a “considerable time” after the bond-buying program ends has put a lid on borrowing costs and propelled a rally in stocks that will support the expansion. Nonetheless, industries such as housing that have stalled in recent months will need to rebound to see more marked improvement in growth.

    “The economy is in the process of rebounding from a dismal first quarter,” said Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Inc. in Dallas, who correctly projected the rise in the index. We’ll “see a moderate-growth economy for the remainder of this year that will allow the Fed to continue to unwind extraordinary policy.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/leading-economic-indicators-index-in-u-s-rises-for-fourth-month.html

    • June 19, 2014

      Remarks by the President on the Situation in Iraq

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      1:32 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Iraq. We’ve been meeting regularly to review the situation since ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in Iraq and Syria, made advances inside of Iraq. As I said last week, ISIL poses a threat to the Iraqi people, to the region, and to U.S. interests. So today I wanted to provide you an update on how we’re responding to the situation.

      First, we are working to secure our embassy and personnel operating inside of Iraq. As President, I have no greater priority than the safety of our men and women serving overseas. So I’ve taken some steps to relocate some of our embassy personnel, and we’ve sent reinforcements to better secure our facilities.

      Second, at my direction, we have significantly increased our intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets so that we’ve got a better picture of what’s taking place inside of Iraq. And this will give us a greater understanding of what ISIL is doing, where it’s located, and how we might support efforts to counter this threat.

      Third, the United States will continue to increase our support to Iraqi security forces. We’re prepared to create joint operation centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq to share intelligence and coordinate planning to confront the terrorist threat of ISIL. Through our new Counterterrorism Partnership Fund, we’re prepared to work with Congress to provide additional equipment. We have had advisors in Iraq through our embassy, and we’re prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisors — up to 300 — to assess how we can best train, advise, and support Iraqi security forces going forward.

      American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.

      Fourth, in recent days, we’ve positioned additional U.S. military assets in the region. Because of our increased intelligence resources, we’re developing more information about potential targets associated with ISIL. And going forward, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action, if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it. If we do, I will consult closely with Congress and leaders in Iraq and in the region.

      I want to emphasize, though, that the best and most effective response to a threat like ISIL will ultimately involve partnerships where local forces, like Iraqis, take the lead.

      Finally, the United States will lead a diplomatic effort to work with Iraqi leaders and the countries in the region to support stability in Iraq. At my direction, Secretary Kerry will depart this weekend for meetings in the Middle East and Europe, where he’ll be able to consult with our allies and partners. And just as all Iraq’s neighbors must respect Iraq’s territorial integrity, all of Iraq’s neighbors have a vital interest in ensuring that Iraq does not descend into civil war or become a safe haven for terrorists.

      Above all, Iraqi leaders must rise above their differences and come together around a political plan for Iraq’s future. Shia, Sunni, Kurds — all Iraqis — must have confidence that they can advance their interests and aspirations through the political process rather than through violence. National unity meetings have to go forward to build consensus across Iraq’s different communities. Now that the results of Iraq’s recent election has been certified, a new parliament should convene as soon as possible. The formation of a new government will be an opportunity to begin a genuine dialogue and forge a government that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-president-situation-iraq

  10. June 19, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Investiture of His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain

    On behalf of the American people, I congratulate His Majesty King Felipe VI on the occasion of his investiture as King of Spain. We are grateful to King Juan Carlos I for his friendship and leadership in guiding Spain’s democracy and deepening the transatlantic relationship.

    Spain is a valued ally of the United States, and we share strong ties, steeped in history. I look forward to working closely with King Felipe VI and continuing to strengthen this bond in the years to come. As Spain celebrates this transition and looks ahead to the future, the American people celebrate along with the people of Spain.

    • June 19, 2014

      Remarks by the President at Presentation of The Medal of Honor to Corporal William Kyle Carpenter

      East Room

      2:33 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Please be seated. On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House.

      The man you see before you today, Corporal William Kyle Carpenter, should not be alive today. Hand grenades are one of the most awful weapons of war. They only weigh about a pound, but they’re packed with TNT. If one lands nearby, you have mere seconds to seek cover. When it detonates, its fragments shoot out in every direction. And even at a distance, that spray of shrapnel can inflict devastating injuries on the human body. Up close, it’s almost certain death.

      But we are here because this man, this United States Marine, faced down that terrible explosive power, that unforgiving force, with his own body — willingly and deliberately — to protect a fellow Marine. When that grenade exploded, Kyle Carpenter’s body took the brunt of the blast. His injuries were called “catastrophic.” It seemed as if he was going to die. While being treated, he went into cardiac arrest, and three times, he flatlined. Three times, doctors brought him back.

      Along with his parents, who call Kyle’s survival “our miracle,” we thank God they did. Because with that singular act of courage, Kyle, you not only saved your brother in arms, you displayed a heroism in the blink of an eye that will inspire for generations valor worthy of our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-president-presentation-medal-honor-corporal-william-kyle-carpent

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