President Obama Travels to India & Saudi Arabia

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November 21, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

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This will be President Obama’s second trip to India as a sitting president. President Obama will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obana, a delegation comprising of members of the Cabinet, Pentagon, White House officials, members of Congress and top American business leaders.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s India & Saudi Arabia Travel Itinerary

Sunday, January 25

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in
Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
Ramstein Air Base

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Ramstein Air Force Base en route New Dehli, India
Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India
Air Force Station Palam

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official arrival ceremony with India President Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

President Obama attends a working lunch hosted by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a walk and talk with India Prime Minister Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a bilateral meeting
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a press conference
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a banquet in his honor by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Monday, January 26

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day parade as the state guest of honor of India
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama meets with Congress Party Leaders
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day reception with India President Mukherjee
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi take part in Indo-US CEO Roundtable
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi deliver remarks at the U.S.- India Business Summit
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

Tuesday, January 27

President Obama participates in a town hall meeting; First Lady Michelle Obama attends
Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India

President Barack Obama joins India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki baat’  to the people of India
New Delhi, India

President Obama is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria of CNN
New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the Taj Mahal
Agra, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama participates in delegation introductions
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle attends a dinner hosted by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the United States

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41 thoughts on “President Obama Travels to India & Saudi Arabia

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    Saturday, January 24, 2015

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  2. President Obama Travels to India & Saudi Arabia

    November 21, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

    At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

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    January 24, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    President Obama called King Salman bin Abdulaziz from Air Force One today to personally express his sympathies following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. King Salman welcomed the news that the President and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 to meet with him and other Saudi officials to offer condolences on behalf of the American people.

    • In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.[1]

      The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

      Since 1950, India has been hosting head of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi

      For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_Day_(India)

    • Why India has high hopes from Obama’s next visit

      January 06, 2015 13:02 IST rediff

      India is expected to strongly push for a bilateral totalization agreement with the US during President Barack Obama’s visit later this month.

      The agreement is likely to bring relief to teeming Indian professionals working in the US.

      The matter also came up for discussions during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in September last year.

      Since then, the talks have seen much progress, claim sources.

      Both sides now seemed to have reached some sort of conclusion wherein it has been decided “some amount” of social security and medicare taxes paid by the Indian professionals working there will be repatriated, a senior official told Business Standard.

      “We have already shared the draft agreement with the US government. We have proposed to them that we want to avoid duplication in payment of social security by Indian professionals working in the US on temporary work visas…

      This is going on for decades but this government is serious about the issue,” the official said.

      There are about 35,000 Indians working in the US, of which most are in the information technology (IT) sector.

      These workers lose their social security contributions and taxes paid for medical care made by them while working in the US.

      According to Nasscom estimates, Indians on H1 and L1 visas pay $1 billion in social security taxes in the US annually, without getting any benefits.

      Prime Minister Modi has, this time, decided to make it a priority under the India-US Strategic Partnership.

      Besides, during their bilateral meeting likely to be held on January 25, Modi is also expected to take up energy and climate change issues with Obama

      For more: http://www.rediff.com/money/report/why-india-has-high-hopes-from-obamas-next-visit/20150106.htm

    • World Leaders Head to Saudi Arabia to Pay Their Respects

      January 24, 2015 6:50 AM VOA News

      Among world leaders expressing condolences, U.S. President Barack Obama offered the sympathies of the American people to the Saudi people and royal family. Mr. Obama said the king always was candid and had the courage of his convictions, including using the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for security and stability.

      A White House statement Saturday said President Obama will travel to Riyadh Tuesday to pay his respects to the new king and the family of the late king. Mr. Obama will cut short his trip to India in order to visit Saudi Arabia.

      Obama noted what he called late King Abdullah’s “passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security.”

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/saudi-king-abdullah-dies-at-90/2610297.html

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      January 24, 2015

      Readout of the President’s Call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

      President Obama called King Salman bin Abdulaziz from Air Force One today to personally express his sympathies following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. King Salman welcomed the news that the President and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 to meet with him and other Saudi officials to offer condolences on behalf of the American people.

      • January 22, 2015

        Statement by the President on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

        It is with deep respect that I express my personal condolences and the sympathies of the American people to the family of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and to the people of Saudi Arabia.

        King Abdullah’s life spanned from before the birth of modern Saudi Arabia through its emergence as a critical force within the global economy and a leader among Arab and Islamic nations. He took bold steps in advancing the Arab Peace Initiative, an endeavor that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region. At home, King Abdullah’s vision was dedicated to the education of his people and to greater engagement with the world.

        As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship. As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond. The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.

        May God grant him peace.

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        January 24, 2015

        Readout of the President’s Call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

        President Obama called King Salman bin Abdulaziz from Air Force One today to personally express his sympathies following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. King Salman welcomed the news that the President and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 to meet with him and other Saudi officials to offer condolences on behalf of the American people.

    • President Obama’s India Travel Itinerary

      Sunday, January 25

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in
      Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
      Ramstein Air Base

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Ramstein Air Force Base en route New Dehli, India
      Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India
      Air Force Station Palam

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official arrival ceremony with India President Mukherjee
      Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India

      President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
      Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

      President Obama attends a working lunch hosted by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
      Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

      President Obama participates in a walk and talk with India Prime Minister Modi
      Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

      President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a bilateral meeting
      Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

      President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a press conference
      Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
      ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a banquet in his honor by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
      Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

      • When in India… Michelle Obama Lands in Indian Designer’s Clothes

        January 25, 2015 14:43 IST Ruchira Hoon

        NEW DELHI: Michelle Obama, who is in India on a three-day visit, landed in Delhi’s Palam Airport this morning wearing an outfit by Indian designer Bibhu Mohapatra. She exited Air Force One hand-in-hand with US President Barack Obama in a geometric-print black and white knee-length dress with blue-floral motifs in the center. She teamed this with a matching cape coat that carried forward the same floral prints on the sleeves. With matching simple black pumps, she looked absolutely at ease.

        Bibhu Mohapatra, who is based in New York but is orginally from Rourkela in Odisha, has dressed Mrs Obama before – she wore a dress by Mr Mohapatra on Jay Leno’s TV show. He has even dressed Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor as well.

        About an hour ago, he tweeted confirming that she was wearing his creation:

        Mrs Obama has been occasionally known to wear creations by American designers of Indian origin like Naeem Khan and Rachel Roy, who designed the outfit FLOTUS wore to the state dinner in New Delhi on her last visit to India in 2010. Her wardrobe on the 2010 trip also included outfits by Peter Som, Dries van Noten and American label J. Crew.

        For more: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/when-in-india-michelle-obama-lands-in-indian-designer-s-clothes-653386?curl=1422198649

      • President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
        Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

      • January 25, 2015

        Statements by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of the Republic of India

        STATEMENTS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

        AND PRIME MINISTER MODI OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA

        Hyderabad House

        New Delhi, India

        4:48 P.M. IST

        PRIME MINISTER MODI: Mr. President, and members of the media, it is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and the First Lady in India.

        Mr. President, we are honored that you accepted our invitation to be the chief guest of our Republic Day. And I know how busy you are. It is special because on this day we celebrate the values shared by the world’s two largest democracies. You are also the first United States President to visit India twice in office. It reflects the transformation in our relationship. It shows your deep personal commitment to this partnership. It tells us that our two nations are prepared to step forward firmly to accept the responsibility of this global partnership for our two countries and toward shaping the character of this century.

        The promise and potential of this relationship had never been in doubt. This is a natural global partnership. It has become even more relevant in the digital age. It is needed even more in our world for far-reaching changes and widespread turmoil. The success of this partnership is important for our progress and for advancing peace, stability and prosperity around the world.

        From the turn of the century we had begun transforming our relationship, but we have to convert a good start into lasting progress. This requires translating our vision into sustained action and concrete achievements.

        Mr. President, in the last few months, I see new excitement and confidence in this relationship. I see renewed energy in our engagement. Thank you for your leadership and for setting the tone last September when I visited the White House. The Civil Nuclear Agreement was the centerpiece of our transformed relationship, which demonstrated new trust. It also created new economic opportunities and expanded our option for clean energy.

        In the course of the past four months, we have worked with a sense of purpose to move it forward. I’m pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international legal obligations, and tactical and commercial viability.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/25/statements-president-obvama-and-prime-minister-modi-republic-india

      • President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
        ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

      • January 25, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama at India State Dinner

        Rashtrapati Bhavan

        New Delhi, India

        9:37 P.M. IST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening. President Mukherjee, Prime Minister Modi, distinguished guests — on behalf of Michelle and myself, I want to extend our deepest thanks for the extraordinary hospitality that you’ve shown us here today. We feel your friendship — your dosti. And I am deeply honored to be the first American President to join you in celebrating India’s Republic Day.

        I also want to thank you for not making me dance — again. (Laughter.) The last time we were here, we joined some children in Mumbai for Diwali. And we danced. It was pretty clear what the Indian press thought. One headline said, “President Obama Visits India.” The other said, “Michelle Obama Rocks India.” (Laughter.) It is true, Michelle is a better dancer than me.

        Let me also thank my partner and friend, Prime Minister Modi. I’ve often said that my life story could only happen in America. But of course, Mr. Prime Minister, your story could only happen in India. Here this evening, we think back to all those years ago — to your father selling tea in the train station, and your mother working at other families’ homes to support her own. And tonight, their son welcomes us as the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy.

        Now, we all know about the Prime Minister’s legendary work ethic. He was explaining to me today how he only needed three hours’ sleep, which made me feel bad; I thought I was doing okay with five. (Laughter.) What I didn’t know until now is that he once survived an attack by a crocodile. So he’s tough. And he also has style. One of our newspapers back home wrote, “Move aside, Michelle Obama. The world has a new fashion icon.” (Laughter.) Tonight, I was thinking about wearing a Modi Kurta myself. And while I do not want to use a dinner like this to make United States policy, let me just say that given the Prime Minister’s advocacy at the United Nations, Michelle and I are looking forward to the first International Yoga Day.

        Our visit reflects the deepest connections and long friendship between our peoples. One of America’s greatest poets was Walt Whitman, and more than a century ago he wrote a poem — “Passage to India” — in which he celebrated the technological ingenuity and human spirit that joins our nations. He wrote: “Seest though not God’s purpose from the first? The earth to be spann’d, connected by network, the people to become brothers and sisters.” Here, in our time, these words have come to pass.

        India and America have spanned the Earth, connected and networked by technology and by family, including millions of Indian Americans, among them our nation’s first Indian American ambassador to India, Rich Verma. And in the shared work of our world, our purpose — lifting up our fellow citizens, advancing human dignity — we, as the poet predicted, have become brothers and sisters.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/25/remarks-president-obama-india-state-dinner

    • President Obama’s India Travel Itinerary

      Monday, January 26

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day parade as the state guest of honor of India
      Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

      President Obama meets with Congress Party Leaders
      ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi, India

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day reception with India President Mukherjee
      Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

      President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi take part in Indo-US CEO Roundtable
      Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India

      President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi deliver remarks at the U.S.- India Business Summit
      Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India

      • President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day parade as the state guest of honor of India
        Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

      • President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day reception with India President Mukherjee
        Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

      • January 26, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama at U.S.-India Business Council Summit

        Taj Palace Hotel
        New Delhi, India

        7:24 P.M. IST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening. Thank you so much, Madam Minister for not only the introduction, but for the work that you’re doing every day to bring our two countries closer together. Thank you all for the very warm welcome. I was proud to speak to the U.S.-India Business Council in Mumbai on my last visit to India. And it’s good to be with you again. I thank you, the CII, FICCI, and the government of India for hosting us.

        I’m pleased to be joined on this visit by leaders from my administration who are dedicated to expanding the trade and investment between our two countries, and I just want to mention them briefly: Our Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker; the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Raj Shah; the President and CEO of our Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Elizabeth Littlefield; and the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Lee Zak.

        Prime Minister Modi, I want to thank you again — both for your invitation to join you on this incredible Republic Day and the wonderful hospitality that you’ve shown me over the past two days. Today’s ceremonies and parade were truly spectacular. It was a moving tribute to India’s founding, its democracy, its progress. After all those hours in the reviewing stand together, I figured that the Prime Minister might be tired of me by now. But what’s another speech between friends. (Laughter and applause.) I will not, by the way, ride a motorcycle today — (laughter) — after watching those incredible acrobats.

        As I said yesterday, even as this visit is rich with symbolism, it’s also a visit of great substance. We’re advancing the vision that I laid out on my last visit — India and the United States as true global partners. And a core element of this vision is greater trade, investment and economic partnership. Our two business communities — all of you — have been some of the strongest champions for a closer relationship, and I want to thank you for your commitment. You understand better than anybody that in our globalized world, the fortunes of the United States and the fortunes of India are inextricably linked. We can grow and we can prosper together, and establish a set of global norms in terms of how business is done that will benefit not just our two countries, but people around the world. And when I spoke to you on my last visit, I pledged to broaden and deepen our economic ties — and that’s what we’ve done.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/26/remarks-president-obama-us-india-business-council-summit

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Tuesday, January 27

      President Obama participates in a town hall meeting; First Lady Michelle Obama attends
      Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India

      President Barack Obama joins India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki baat’ to the people of India
      New Delhi, India

      President Obama is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria of CNN
      New Delhi, India

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
      Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama participates in delegation introductions
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle attends a dinner hosted by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the United States

      • January 27, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of India

        Siri Fort Auditorium
        New Delhi, India

        11:02 A.M. IST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Namaste! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you so much, Neha, for what a wonderful introduction. (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Nothing fills me with more hope than when I hear incredible young people like Neha and all the outstanding work that she’s doing on behalf of India’s youth and for representing this nation’s energy and its optimism and its idealism. She makes me very, very proud. And I’m sure — I think they may be her — is that somebody related to you? Okay. Because we just had a chance to meet, and she’s beaming with pride right now sitting next to you. Give Neha a big round of applause once again. (Applause.)

        Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, to all the students and young people who are here today, to the people of India watching and listening across this vast nation — I bring the friendship and the greetings of the American people. On behalf of myself and Michelle, thank you so much for welcoming us back to India. Bahoot dhanyavad. (Applause.)

        It has been a great honor to be the first American President to join you for Republic Day. With the tricolor waving above us, we celebrated the strength of your constitution. We paid tribute to India’s fallen heroes. In yesterday’s parade, we saw the pride and the diversity of this nation — including the Dare Devils on their Royal Enfields, which was very impressive. Secret Service does not let me ride motorcycles. (Laughter.) Especially not on my head. (Laughter.)

        I realize that the sight of an American President as your chief guest on Republic Day would have once seemed unimaginable. But my visit reflects the possibilities of a new moment. As I’ve said many times, I believe that the relationship between India and the United States can be one of the defining partnerships of this century. When I spoke to your Parliament on my last visit, I laid out my vision for how our two nations can build that partnership. And today, I want to speak directly to you — the people of India — about what I believe we can achieve together, and how we can do it.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/27/remarks-president-obama-address-people-india

      • January 27, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of the Republic of India in a Joint Radio Address

        5:37 P.M. IST

        PRIME MINISTER MODI: (Speaks Hindi.) I request President Barack Obama to say a few words.

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Namaste. Thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for your kind words and for the incredible hospitality you’ve shown me and my wife, Michelle, on this visit.

        And let me say to the people of India how honored I am to be the first American President to join you for Republic Day. I’m told this is also the first-ever radio address by an Indian Prime Minister and an American President together, so we’re making a lot of history in a short time.

        To the people of India listening all across this great nation, it’s wonderful to be able to speak to you directly. We just came from discussions in which we affirmed that India and the United States are natural partners, because we have so much in common. We’re two great democracies, two innovative economies, two diverse societies dedicated to empowering individuals. We are linked together by millions of proud Indian Americans who still have family and carry on traditions from India.

        And I want to say to the Prime Minister how much I appreciate your strong personal commitment to strengthening the relationship between these two countries.

        People are very excited in the United States about the energy that Prime Minister Modi is bringing to efforts in this country to reduce extreme poverty and lift people up, to empower women, to provide access to electricity and clean energy, and invest in infrastructure and the education system.

        And on all these issue, we want to be partners. Because many of the efforts that I am promoting inside the United States to make sure that young people get the best education possible, to make sure that ordinary people are properly compensated for their labor and paid fair wages and have job security and health care — these are the same kinds of issues that Prime Minister Modi, I know, cares so deeply about here.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/27/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-modi-republic-india-joint-rad

      • President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    • On Board with Kal Penn: Travels with President Obama in India

      Published on Jan 27, 2015

      Kal Penn takes you behind the scenes on the President’s historic trip to India.

    • President Obama: Greetings from India

      Published on Jan 21, 2015

      Check out how classical vocalist Himanshu Verma, guitarist Shashank Shrivastava and other Delhiites welcome President Obama to India! #ObamainIndia

  3. Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Keynote Remarks on Closing Day of Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit

    January 16, 2015 12:00 PM Marketwired Patient Safety Movement Foundation

    IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 16, 2015) – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address on the second and final day of the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, to be held Jan. 23-24, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

    “We are honored to have Vice President Biden at this year’s Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit,” said Patient Safety Movement founder Joe Kiani. “His leadership in helping improve access to healthcare aligns with our mission to improve patient safety for all Americans.”

    Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address on the summit’s first day. The summit will feature Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) commitments to address three new challenges, including early detection of sepsis, patient and provider assertiveness, and optimal resuscitation. To date, nine APSS have been developed by stakeholders representing more than 500 hospitals and have been responsible for more than 6,000 lives saved annually.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vice-president-joe-biden-deliver-170000726.html;_ylt=AwrTWVU4175UeHgAByzQtDMD

  4. I do pray for his and First Lady’s complete and total protection and safety. Amen!

  5. West Wing Week: 1/23/15 or, “B is for Believe”

    Published on Jan 23, 2015

    This week, the White House was a flurry of activity during the lead up to — and the rollout of — the annual State of the Union Address, with follow up trips to Kansas and Idaho, the second annual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” and YouTube stars bringing their flair to the East Room to interview the President.

  6. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    January 24, 2015

    Hi, everybody. This week, in my State of the Union Address, I talked about what we can do to make sure middle-class economics helps more Americans get ahead in the new economy.

    See, after some tough years, and thanks to some tough decisions we made, our economy is creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our deficits are shrinking. Our energy production is booming. Our troops are coming home. Thanks to the hard work and resilience of Americans like you, we’ve risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.

    Now we have to choose what we want that future to look like. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and rising chances for everyone who makes the effort?

    I believe the choice is clear. Today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives. Wages are finally starting to rise again. Let’s keep that going – let’s do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American.

    That’s what middle-class economics is – the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

    Middle-class economics means helping workers feel more secure in a world of constant change – making it easier to afford childcare, college, paid leave, health care, a home, and retirement.

    Middle-class economics means doing more to help Americans upgrade their skills through opportunities like apprenticeships and two years of free community college, so we can keep earning higher wages down the road.

    Middle-class economics means building the most competitive economy in the world, by building the best infrastructure, opening new markets so we can sell our products around the world, and investing in research – so that businesses keep creating good jobs right here.

    And we can afford to do these things by closing loopholes in our tax code that stack the decks for special interests and the superrich, and against responsible companies and the middle class.

    This is where we have to go if we’re going to succeed in the new economy. I know that there are Republicans in Congress who disagree with my approach, and I look forward to hearing their ideas for how we can pay for what the middle class needs to grow. But what we can’t do is simply pretend that things like child care or college aren’t important, or pretend there’s nothing we can do to help middle class families get ahead.

    Because we’ve got work to do. As a country, we have made it through some hard times. But we’ve laid a new foundation. We’ve got a new future to write. And I’m eager to get to work.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  7. January 24, 2015

    Statement by the President on the Death of Haruna Yukawa

    The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group ISIL. Our condolences today are with the people of Japan for their terrible loss. We renew our call for the immediate release of Kenji Goto and all other remaining hostages. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally Japan and applaud its commitment to peace and development in a region far from its shores. We will work together to bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice and will continue to take decisive action to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.​

    • January 25, 2015

      Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

      The President spoke by phone today from New Delhi, India with Japanese Prime Minister Abe to offer condolences for the murder by ISIL of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa and to convey solidarity with the Japanese people. He also expressed appreciation for Japan’s significant contributions of humanitarian assistance to the Middle East region. The two leaders agreed to continue their cooperation on a range of regional and global issues.

  8. WH

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in
    Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
    Ramstein Air Base

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Ramstein Air Force Base en route New Dehli, India
    Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India
    Air Force Station Palam

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official arrival ceremony with India President Mukherjee
    Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India

    President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
    Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

    President Obama attends a working lunch hosted by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

    President Obama participates in a walk and talk with India Prime Minister Modi
    Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

    President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a bilateral meeting
    Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

    President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a press conference
    Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
    ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a banquet in his honor by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
    Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

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  9. January 24, 2015

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Edgar Lungu, President-elect of the Republic of Zambia

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Lusaka, Zambia to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Edgar Lungu, President-elect of the Republic of Zambia on January 25, 2015.

    The Honorable Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable Eric T. Schultz, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia

    The Honorable Deborah L. Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and United States Global AIDS Coordinator

  10. President Obama Calls on Congress to Protect Arctic Refuge as Wilderness

    John Podesta, Mike Boots January 25, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    Each year, as the darkness of the Arctic winter brightens into spring, as the snow melts and the hills and valleys slowly turn green, the tens of thousands of members of the Porcupine caribou herd begin their great migration — traveling some 1,500 miles through Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to their calving grounds on the Coastal Plain.

    This far northern region is known as “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins” to Alaska Native communities. The Refuge sustains the most diverse array of wildlife in the entire Arctic — home not only to the Porcupine caribou, but to polar bears, gray wolves, and muskoxen. Bird species from the Coastal Plain migrate to all 50 states of the country — meaning that no matter where you live, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is part of your landscape.

    But the majority of the Refuge is not protected as wilderness, including the Coastal Plain. For more than three decades, some voices have clamored to drill for oil in the Coastal Plain — a move that could irreparably damage this ecological treasure and harm the Alaska Native communities who still depend on the caribou for subsistence.

    Today, the Department of the Interior released a revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan to better sustain and manage the entire Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — and President Obama took it a step further and announced his plans to ask Congress to designate the Coastal Plain and other core areas of the refuge as wilderness:

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/25/president-obama-calls-congress-protect-arctic-refuge-wilderness

  11. Obama announces nuclear ‘breakthrough’ on landmark India trip

    1 hour ago By Sanjeev Miglani and Douglas Busvine – Reuters

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership.

    Obama said the two countries had made progress on two issues holding up commercial civil nuclear cooperation, one of the major irritants in bilateral ties.

    “We are committed to moving towards full implementation,” Obama told a joint news conference with Modi in the Indian capital. “This is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.”

    The agreement resolved differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and U.S. demands on tracking the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, U.S. ambassador to India Richard Verma told reporters.

    “Ultimately it’s up to the companies to go forward, but the two governments came to an understanding,” he added.

    Signaling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day. It was a remarkable spectacle given that, just a year ago, Modi was persona non grata in Washington and denied a visa to the United States.

    After a working lunch that included kebabs made with lotus stem, figs and spices, the two leaders got down to talks to finalize agreements on climate change, renewable energy, taxation and defense cooperation.

    But Modi cautioned that work was still needed to create a solid partnership between the world’s two largest democracies

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/unlikely-buddies-obama-modi-aim-high-india-trip-043044409–finance.html

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