First Lady Michelle Obama christening of PCU Illinois (SSN 786)

USS Illinois SSN 786

140602-N-TN558-337 NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (June 2, 2014) First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Mathew Shilling, an employee of General Dynamics Electric Boat, welds her initials on a metal plate as Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger watches, during the keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786). Illinois is the Navy's 13th Virginia-class attack submarine and is contracted for completion by 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason J. Perry/Released)
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (June 2, 2014) First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Mathew Shilling, an employee of General Dynamics Electric Boat, welds her initials on a metal plate as Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger watches, during the keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786). Illinois is the Navy’s 13th Virginia-class attack submarine and is contracted for completion by 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason J. Perry/Released)

 

June 02, 2014 Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS

General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard
Quonset Point, Rhode Island

2:24 P.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Good afternoon. Wow. All right, can I just break with protocol and say, this is really cool. (Laughter.) I mean, come on. This is so nice. (Applause.)

I want to start by thanking Secretary Mabus for that very kind introduction, but more importantly, for his tremendous leadership for our country for so many years. I also want to recognize Governor Chaffee, Governor Malloy, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and all of the members of Congress and the elected officials that we have with us today, and all of the distinguished guests and military leaders who serve our country so bravely every single day.

Now, I have been a sponsor for a Coast Guard cutter before, but I’ve heard that working with submariners is a whole different ballgame. Is that true? So I am beyond excited, and I am truly honored. And I couldn’t be more proud that I have my daughters, Malia and Sasha, who join me to serve as maids of honor for this vessel. They are not here today because they had tests to take. That’s no indication of their commitment going forward, but today they had history and something else. But they send their love, and they are truly excited by the honor. But know that you have three really solid Chicago girls that are very excited to support this vessel.

And we understand what a fine submarine the ILLINOIS will be. And it has been fascinating for me to learn more about all that goes into building a submarine -– from laying the keel, to the christening, to the commissioning. It is truly a privilege to be part of this very unique process. It is something that I will take away as one of the extraordinary experiences that I’ve had in my entire life.

So I want to thank everyone from General Dynamics Electric Boat for hosting us here today, for all the work that they’re doing, along with the folks from Newport News Shipbuilding to build this submarine. And I especially want to, again, join in thanking all of the outstanding folks who work to make these submarines happen — all of the welders, the machinists, the metalworkers, the electricians. I know there are so many more. I got to see some of you guys earlier — some of you guys and gals, because we got some strong women on the team, as well. But thank you for everything that you do, for being part of this effort. I’ve heard that you all are some of the most skilled shipbuilders we have around, so I’m confident that this is going to be an outstanding vessel.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/02/remarks-first-lady-keel-laying-ceremony-pcu-illinois

First Lady Named Sponsor of New Navy Submarine, USS ILLINOIS

May 28, 2012

Accepts Honor During Visit with First Female Navy Submariners

As part of the Joining Forces initiative to honor, recognize and serve military families, today at the White House President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with the U.S. Navy’s first contingent of women submariners to be assigned to the Navy’s operational submarine force. In 2009, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that for the first time in Navy history, women would be assigned to the submarine force. The 24 women who met with the President and First Lady today were accepted into the Navy’s nuclear submarine program after completing an intensive training program. They are serving on ballistic and guided missile submarines throughout the Navy. A photograph of the President, First Lady, Defense Secretary Panetta, Secretary Mabus and the women submariners can be found at this LINK.

As part of the visit to the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama accepted Secretary Ray Mabus’ invitation to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Illinois (SSN 786). Illinois is a Virginia-class submarine, the Navy’s newest class of attack submarine, and is being built in Groton, Connecticut and Newport News, Virginia. Illinois is expected to join the fleet in late 2015. In sponsoring USS Illinois, the First Lady joins a tradition of First Lady sponsorship of U.S. Navy submarines. First Lady Laura Bush is USS Texas’ (SSN 775) sponsor and christened it in 2004; First Lady Hillary Clinton is USS Columbia’s (SSN 771) sponsor and christened it in 1994. As sponsor, the First Lady will establish a special link to Illinois, her Sailors, and their families that extends throughout the life of the submarine.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as sponsor of the USS ILLINOIS,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “I’m always inspired by the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Navy, as well as the families who support them. This submarine is a tribute to the strength, courage, and determination that our Navy families exhibit every day.”

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/28/first-lady-named-sponsor-new-navy-submarine-uss-illinois

 

10/10/15 First Lady Michelle Obama christens the USS Illinois
10/10/15 First Lady Michelle Obama christens the USS Illinois

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Remarks by the First Lady at the Commissioning of the USS ILLINOIS

Groton Navy Yard
Groton, Connecticut

11:51 A.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA:  Well, hello, everyone.  Before I begin, your Chief of the Boat asked me to say one word, and he promised that you would know how to respond.  So let me give this a try:  “Fighting!”

CREW OF THE USS ILLINOIS:  Illini!

MRS. OBAMA:  It continues to be very cool.  (Laughter.)

Let me just start by thanking Governor Malloy, Undersecretary Davidson, Admiral Richardson, the officers of the ILLINOIS, Commander Porter and Master Chief DiPietro, and all our other outstanding Navy leaders, as well as Senator Blumenthal, Representatives Langevin, Courtney, and Hultgren, and, of course, Jeff Geiger and Matt Mulherin.

And of course, I want to take a moment to just give a huge shout-out to our military families –- our amazing military spouses and partners.  And since we’ve asked people to raise their hands, I just want to find out how many military kids are here with us today.  Let’s give our kids a round of applause.  (Applause.)

And I understand this crew has been pretty busy.  Since the crew was stood up, there have been 32 babies born — (laughter) — and three more on the way.  So way to go.  (Laughter.)  Thank you for that.  And one thing I just want to say to the military families — while you might not wear a uniform, I know, we all know, the nation knows that you serve and sacrifice right alongside of your loved ones.  And we are so grateful and proud of all of you for your service to this nation.

Now, we’re here today to commission the Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine:  The USS ILLINOIS.  And I have to say that this moment is a little bittersweet for me because today marks our last event together, at least while I’m First Lady — the end of a journey that started more than two years ago.  Back then, this boat was in four components spread over three states; today, it’s the most advanced ship in the Navy -– a ship that’s as complicated to operate as a space shuttle, a ship that can carry out any kind of critical mission, from search-and-rescue to scientific research.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/29/remarks-first-lady-commissioning-uss-illinois

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Saturday October 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the christening of the PCU Illinois
Groton, Connecticut

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19 thoughts on “First Lady Michelle Obama christening of PCU Illinois (SSN 786)

  1. WH

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the christening of the PCU Illinois
    Groton, Connecticut

    1:00 PM
    1:50 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    San Francisco’s Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA

    2:00 PM
    2:50 PM
    President Obama departs San Francisco en route the Los Angeles
    San Francisco International Airport

    3:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Los Angeles
    Los Angeles International Airport

    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama attends a DSCC events
    Private residence, Los Angeles, CA

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:45 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    Private residence, Los Angeles, CA

    7:00 PM
    President Obama departs Los Angeles en route to San Diego
    Los Angeles International Airport

    8:00 PM
    8:45 PM
    President Obama arrives San Diego
    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    President Obama overnights in San Diego

  2. First Lady Michelle Obama christening of PCU Illinois (SSN 786)

    First Lady to christen U.S. Navy submarine Illinois Saturday

    Oct. 5, 2015 By Ryan Maass – UPI

    GROTON, Conn., Oct. 5 (UPI) — First Lady Michelle Obama will join top officials of General Dynamics Electric Boat and christen Illinois, the U.S. Navy’s most advanced nuclear submarine on October 10.

    The First Lady is the ship’s sponsor. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will be present at the ceremony, an invitation-only event, as the principal speaker, General Dynamics announced on Monday.

    The Illinois, the 13th ship of the Virginia class, is the first nuclear-powered attack submarine U.S. Navy combatants designed for the post-Cold War era. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Virginia class submarines are designed for a broader spectrum of combat operations, including open-ocean and littoral combat missions. They are planned to replace the older Los Angeles-class submarine.

    For more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2015/10/05/First-Lady-to-christen-US-Navy-submarine-Illinois-Saturday/6561444077891/

    • June 02, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS

      General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard
      Quonset Point, Rhode Island

      2:24 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Good afternoon. Wow. All right, can I just break with protocol and say, this is really cool. (Laughter.) I mean, come on. This is so nice. (Applause.)

      I want to start by thanking Secretary Mabus for that very kind introduction, but more importantly, for his tremendous leadership for our country for so many years. I also want to recognize Governor Chaffee, Governor Malloy, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and all of the members of Congress and the elected officials that we have with us today, and all of the distinguished guests and military leaders who serve our country so bravely every single day.

      Now, I have been a sponsor for a Coast Guard cutter before, but I’ve heard that working with submariners is a whole different ballgame. Is that true? So I am beyond excited, and I am truly honored. And I couldn’t be more proud that I have my daughters, Malia and Sasha, who join me to serve as maids of honor for this vessel. They are not here today because they had tests to take. That’s no indication of their commitment going forward, but today they had history and something else. But they send their love, and they are truly excited by the honor. But know that you have three really solid Chicago girls that are very excited to support this vessel.

      And we understand what a fine submarine the ILLINOIS will be. And it has been fascinating for me to learn more about all that goes into building a submarine -– from laying the keel, to the christening, to the commissioning. It is truly a privilege to be part of this very unique process. It is something that I will take away as one of the extraordinary experiences that I’ve had in my entire life.

      So I want to thank everyone from General Dynamics Electric Boat for hosting us here today, for all the work that they’re doing, along with the folks from Newport News Shipbuilding to build this submarine. And I especially want to, again, join in thanking all of the outstanding folks who work to make these submarines happen — all of the welders, the machinists, the metalworkers, the electricians. I know there are so many more. I got to see some of you guys earlier — some of you guys and gals, because we got some strong women on the team, as well. But thank you for everything that you do, for being part of this effort. I’ve heard that you all are some of the most skilled shipbuilders we have around, so I’m confident that this is going to be an outstanding vessel.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/02/remarks-first-lady-keel-laying-ceremony-pcu-illinois

    • May 28, 2012

      First Lady Named Sponsor of New Navy Submarine, USS ILLINOIS

      Accepts Honor During Visit with First Female Navy Submariners

      As part of the Joining Forces initiative to honor, recognize and serve military families, today at the White House President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with the U.S. Navy’s first contingent of women submariners to be assigned to the Navy’s operational submarine force. In 2009, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that for the first time in Navy history, women would be assigned to the submarine force. The 24 women who met with the President and First Lady today were accepted into the Navy’s nuclear submarine program after completing an intensive training program. They are serving on ballistic and guided missile submarines throughout the Navy. A photograph of the President, First Lady, Defense Secretary Panetta, Secretary Mabus and the women submariners can be found at this LINK.

      As part of the visit to the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama accepted Secretary Ray Mabus’ invitation to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Illinois (SSN 786). Illinois is a Virginia-class submarine, the Navy’s newest class of attack submarine, and is being built in Groton, Connecticut and Newport News, Virginia. Illinois is expected to join the fleet in late 2015. In sponsoring USS Illinois, the First Lady joins a tradition of First Lady sponsorship of U.S. Navy submarines. First Lady Laura Bush is USS Texas’ (SSN 775) sponsor and christened it in 2004; First Lady Hillary Clinton is USS Columbia’s (SSN 771) sponsor and christened it in 1994. As sponsor, the First Lady will establish a special link to Illinois, her Sailors, and their families that extends throughout the life of the submarine.

      “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as sponsor of the USS ILLINOIS,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “I’m always inspired by the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Navy, as well as the families who support them. This submarine is a tribute to the strength, courage, and determination that our Navy families exhibit every day.”

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/28/first-lady-named-sponsor-new-navy-submarine-uss-illinois

  3. Weekly Address: Writing the Rules for a Global Economy

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    October 10, 2015

    Hi, everybody. This week, after five years of effort with eleven other nations, we reached agreement on a new trade deal that promotes American values and protects American workers.

    There’s a reason this Trans-Pacific Partnership took five years to negotiate. I wanted to get the best possible deal for American workers. And that is what we’ve done. Here’s why it matters.

    Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders — 95 percent. They want to buy American products. They want our cars; our music; our food. And if American businesses can sell more of their products in those markets, they can expand and support good jobs here at home.

    So it’s no wonder that exports played a huge role in helping America recover from the Great Recession. In fact, last year, we set a new record for American exports for the fifth year in a row, selling more than $2 trillion in goods and services. Our exports support roughly 12 million American jobs — and they’re jobs that typically pay better than other jobs.

    But here’s the thing: Outdated trade rules put our workers at a disadvantage. And TPP will change that.

    Right now, other countries can cut their costs by setting lower standards to pay lower wages. This trade agreement, TPP, will change that, holding partner countries to higher standards and raising wages across a region that makes up nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/10/weekly-address-writing-rules-global-economy

  4. October 10, 2015

    Remarks by the President at a DNC Event — San Francisco, CA

    Warfield Theater
    San Francisco, California

    10:34 A.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, San Francisco! (Applause.) Hello, hello! (Applause.) Hello! It’s good to see you. Everybody, have a seat, have a seat. (Applause.) Thank you! Thank you. It’s good to be in California! (Applause.) I am fired up! I’m always fired up when I’m in San Francisco.

    We’ve got a few folks here to help us kick off the weekend. The Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf is here. Where’s the Mayor? There she is over there. (Applause.) You may know these guys — if you’re sitting behind them, it may be a problem — your NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors in the house! (Applause.) They are wonderful young men. They’re really impressive and doing great in the community, in addition to doing great stuff on the court.

    A little bit later, you’re going to hear from a guy who I hear has been talking about launching a potential political career — (applause.) You may have heard about this. Kanye is thinking about running — (applause) — for Speaker of the House. (Applause.) Couldn’t get any stranger. (Laughter.) But in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing — or as he calls it — “PEEZY” — (applause) — I do have some advice for him. Just some stuff that I’ve picked up on the way. First of all, you’ve got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show. (Laughter.) So you’ve just to be cool with that.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

    THE PRESIDENT: Love you, too! (Applause.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/10/remarks-president-dnc-event-san-francisco-ca

  5. October 11, 2015

    Remarks by the President at DNC Event — Private Residence, CA

    Private Residence
    Los Angeles, California

    3:52 P.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, Los Angeles! (Applause.) Everybody, have a seat. Relax a little bit. It’s hot out here — we don’t want to get you overheated. (Laughter.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Welcome home!

    THE PRESIDENT: It is good to be back in L.A. (Applause.) And let me begin by thanking Robin and Ed and their parents, and their really good-looking sons for hosting us all here today. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) Now, it’s bad enough having Secret Service in your house, and then having a whole bunch of folks come, too — trampling on your grass. (Laughter.) It’s an ordeal. But it is so sweet of them to do it. We really appreciate them.

    I have a couple of other people I want to acknowledge. We have one of our finest members of Congress here who traveled up from San Diego — he’s going to fly back down with me — Scott Peters. (Applause.) Give Scott — where’s Scott? Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Scott does outstanding work on making sure that everything from equal pay to making sure that we have the kinds of trade arrangements that are good for this country, to making sure that folks who don’t have opportunities are getting the kinds of chances and able to go to college. And he not only has a good heart, but he also knows how to get things done. So we’re really, really proud of Scott. (Applause.) Appreciate him.

    And then I got to say thank you to Jamie Foxx. (Applause.) Now, Jamie has done probably three or four events on our behalf during the course of various campaigns. And everybody always loves Jamie so much that it’s a little hard to follow him. (Laughter.) I can’t sing like him. I can’t dance like him. I can’t tell a joke like him. I can’t act like him. So it puts a little bit of pressure. But despite somebody who obviously loves fun, makes people feel good, Jamie is also somebody who cares a lot about this country and our community. And I just want to say how much I appreciate him — and his mom and dad who are here who we are grateful to. (Applause.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/11/remarks-president-dnc-event-private-residence-los-angeles-ca

  6. October 11, 2015

    Remarks by the President at DNC Event at a Private Residence, Los Angeles, CA

    Private Residence
    Los Angeles, California

    5:20 P.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.) There are some pretty good acoustics in here. I’m going to start singing. (Laughter.)

    Well, let me, first of all, just thank James and Michael. First of all, James is doing outstanding work as the Ambassador to Spain. (Applause.) Part of our incredible diplomatic team all around the world that are solving problems, dealing with conflicts, papering over misunderstandings, and really strengthening the ties that bind us with our allies.

    Michael, in addition to having made the Oval Office more presentable, is, in fact, the only person other than my wife and my two daughters who does feel the need to tease me incessantly. (Laughter.) I know I’m not alone in this. But he does have a certain roguish charm that allows him to get away with it. What is also true is, is that he and James have been just great friends from the start — and not just to me, but to Michelle and to Malia and Sasha. They’re really part of the family. And so I just want to say to them how much we appreciate them and the fact that you guys have been in our lives this whole time. So thank you so much.

    I’ve got a lot of other friends here. I look around the room and there are people who have supported me since the very beginning when most people couldn’t pronounce my name.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/11/remarks-president-dnc-event-private-residence-los-angeles-ca-1

  7. West Wing Week: 10/09/2015 or, “#StartTheConvo”

    Published on Oct 10, 2015

    This week, the White House hosted forward-thinking union and business leaders for a Worker’s Voice Summit, and local school kids to harvest vegetables in the White House Garden. And, the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries announced they had reached a trade agreement more than five years in the making. That’s October 2nd to October 8th or, “#StartTheConvo.”

  8. WH

    Sunday, October 11, 2015

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  9. International Day of the Girl Child

    International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage.

    The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates worldwide. The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular. Plan International representatives in Canada approached the Canadian federal government to seek to the coalition of supporters raised awareness of the initiative internationally.

    International Day of the Girl Child was formally proposed as a resolution by Canada in the United Nations General Assembly. Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister for the Status of Women, sponsored the resolution; a delegation of women and girls made presentations in support of the initiative at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly voted to pass a resolution adopting October 11, 2012 as the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The resolution states that the Day of the Girl recognizes

    [the] empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community […]

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Girl_Child

    • October 11, 2015

      First Lady Michelle Obama Q&A with Hercampus

      In case you missed it, the First lady released her first-ever Spotify playlist in honor of International Day of the Girl. See the full playlist HERE.

      The following Q&A was featured on HerCampus.com.

      Michelle Obama Talks to Us About Education, Equality & Girl Power

      Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl to raise awareness about gender inequality around the world. Today is a perfect opportunity to celebrate all of the women in our lives—and if there’s one woman who inspires us on the daily, it’s Michelle Obama.

      The First Lady is a lawyer, fashion icon, advocate for healthy living and military families, wife, mom and role model for women and girls everywhere. If we had to describe Mrs. Obama in one word, it would be “determined.” She worked her way up from a modest upbringing to get where she is today, and she is dedicated to extending the same opportunity to every other girl in the world.

      We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to talk to The First Lady about her incredible girls’ education initiative, as well as what she would tell her college self if she could.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-qa-hercampus

  10. October 10, 2015

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Today’s Terrorist Attack in Ankara, Turkey

    The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey. The fact that this attack occurred ahead of a planned rally for peace underscores the depravity of those behind it and serves as another reminder of the need to confront shared security challenges in the region. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and other loved ones of the victims, just as our thoughts remain with those injured in this senseless violence. The United States will continue to stand side-by-side with the Turkish Government and people as together we take on the scourge of terrorism. Far from deterring these efforts, such horrific acts of violence will only strengthen our resolve.

    • October 10, 2015

      Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

      The President spoke today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to offer condolences for the terrorist attacks that killed at least 86 and wounded over 200 people at a peace rally in Ankara today. The President conveyed his deepest personal sympathies for those killed and injured in these heinous attacks, and affirmed that the American people stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey in the fight against terrorism and shared security challenges in the region.

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