U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit

President Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit on May 13, 2016.  This event follows the convening of Nordic leaders during the President’s trip to Sweden in September 2013.

This summit will be an opportunity to continue our close collaboration with the Nordic countries on a range of issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, protecting the environment, coordinating on Arctic issues, promoting the Global Health Security Agenda, advancing sustainable development, enhancing nuclear security, providing humanitarian assistance, and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in a humane and orderly way.

This summit will deepen U.S.-Nordic cooperation while highlighting America’s continued commitment to European security, trans-Atlantic trade, and the promotion of common democratic values.  The President and Mrs. Obama will host the Nordic leaders for a State Dinner on the evening of May 13.

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U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

President Obama welcomes  His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland; Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; His Excellency Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; His Excellency Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and His Excellency Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland to the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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President Obama and the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden hold meetings at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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President Obama the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden delivers remarks at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit State Dinner
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19 thoughts on “U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

  1. WH

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

    March 18, 2016

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit

    President Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit on May 13, 2016. This event follows the convening of Nordic leaders during the President’s trip to Sweden in September 2013.

    This summit will be an opportunity to continue our close collaboration with the Nordic countries on a range of issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, protecting the environment, coordinating on Arctic issues, promoting the Global Health Security Agenda, advancing sustainable development, enhancing nuclear security, providing humanitarian assistance, and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in a humane and orderly way.

    This summit will deepen U.S.-Nordic cooperation while highlighting America’s continued commitment to European security, trans-Atlantic trade, and the promotion of common democratic values. The President and Mrs. Obama will host the Nordic leaders for a State Dinner on the evening of May 13.

    • May 13, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama, President Niinistö of Finland, and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway at the Nordic Leaders’ Summit Arrival Ceremony

      Grand Foyer

      9:24 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Due to the possibility of thunderstorms, we decided to move our arrival ceremony indoors. Of course, our Nordic friends are used to tough weather. You should know that here in Washington we have not seen the sun for about three weeks, which you experience for months on end. But despite that fact, we want you to know that we are deeply happy to have all of you here.

      We’re honored to welcome not one nation, but five — our great Nordic friends and partners: President Niinistö and Mrs. Haukio of Finland. Prime Minister Solberg and Mr. Finnes of Norway. Prime Minister and Mrs. Löfven of Sweden. Prime Minister and Mrs. Rasmussen of Denmark. And Prime Minister Jóhannsson and Mrs. Ingjaldsdottir of Iceland.

      To you and your delegations, welcome to the United States. I’m going to try this as best as I can. Tervetuloa. (Applause.) Velkommen. Välkommen. (Laughter.) And Velkomin. (Laugher and applause.) Those I’m not sure were delivered perfectly, but I think the spirit was understood.

      Today is an opportunity for Michelle and me to return some of the warmth and hospitality that we’ve received on our visits to Copenhagen and Oslo, and during my visit to Stockholm. And to Americans who cannot visit themselves, don’t worry — I understand that Sweden has a phone number where you can call a Swede and learn about all things Swedish. Iceland invites you to send your questions to #AskGudmunder. (Laughter.) I gather that Iceland has a lot of folks named Gudmunder — and they’ll answer.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/13/remarks-president-obama-president-niinistö-finland-and-prime-minister

    • May 13, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama, President Niinistö of Finland, and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway at the Nordic Leaders’ Summit Arrival Ceremony

      Grand Foyer

      9:24 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Due to the possibility of thunderstorms, we decided to move our arrival ceremony indoors. Of course, our Nordic friends are used to tough weather. You should know that here in Washington we have not seen the sun for about three weeks, which you experience for months on end. But despite that fact, we want you to know that we are deeply happy to have all of you here.

      We’re honored to welcome not one nation, but five — our great Nordic friends and partners: President Niinistö and Mrs. Haukio of Finland. Prime Minister Solberg and Mr. Finnes of Norway. Prime Minister and Mrs. Löfven of Sweden. Prime Minister and Mrs. Rasmussen of Denmark. And Prime Minister Jóhannsson and Mrs. Ingjaldsdottir of Iceland.

      To you and your delegations, welcome to the United States. I’m going to try this as best as I can. Tervetuloa. (Applause.) Velkommen. Välkommen. (Laughter.) And Velkomin. (Laugher and applause.) Those I’m not sure were delivered perfectly, but I think the spirit was understood.

      Today is an opportunity for Michelle and me to return some of the warmth and hospitality that we’ve received on our visits to Copenhagen and Oslo, and during my visit to Stockholm. And to Americans who cannot visit themselves, don’t worry — I understand that Sweden has a phone number where you can call a Swede and learn about all things Swedish. Iceland invites you to send your questions to #AskGudmunder. (Laughter.) I gather that Iceland has a lot of folks named Gudmunder — and they’ll answer.

      But they are extraordinary countries. And most importantly, for our purposes here today, they are extraordinary friends. This is also a special day for the millions of Americans who proudly trace their ancestry to Nordic countries, particularly in the Midwest, including my home state of Illinois. They’ll remind you that Leif Erickson reached this continent more than a thousand years ago. They honor their parents and grandparents who crossed oceans and carved out new lives and helped build our country. They wear their wooly sweaters, they display Dala horses, and love lutefisk and lefse. This is the history and the heritage and the ties of family and friendship that bring us together here today.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/13/remarks-president-obama-president-niinistö-finland-and-prime-minister

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      President Obama and the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden hold meetings at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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  3. WH

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama welcomes His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland; Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; His Excellency Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; His Excellency Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and His Excellency Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland to the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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    President Obama the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden delivers remarks at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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    President Obama and the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden hold meetings at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    Vice President Biden delivers the commencement address to the Syracuse University College of Law’s Class of 2016
    Carrier Dome , Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY

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  4. Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Class of 2016 Commencement Address

    Posted on Tuesday 4/12/2016

    Vice President Joe Biden L’68 will deliver the commencement address to the College of Law’s Class of 2016. Commencement will be held Friday, May 13 at 1 P.M. in the Carrier Dome.

    Biden graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. He previously gave the Syracuse University Commencement address in 2009, where he received an honorary degree from the University. He was the recipient of Syracuse University’s George Arents Pioneer Award in 2005.

    Biden is an honorary member of the College of Law’s Board of Advisors and has previously given the College of Law’s commencement speech in 1994, 2002 and 2006. In 2015, he was on campus to promote one of his signature initiatives, “It’s On Us”, a public awareness and education campaign across university and college campuses nationwide to combat sexual assault. His son, the late Beau Biden L’94, was also a College of Law graduate.

    “Vice President Biden is a treasured member of the College of Law family and we are excited to bring him back this May,” said College of Law Interim Dean William Banks. “He is always generous with his time, insight and leadership to the College of Law and I am sure he will deliver a poignant speech and provide our graduates and their families and friends with a memorable day.”

    For more: http://law.syr.edu/news_events/news/vice-president-joe-biden-to-deliver-class-of-2016-commencement-address

  5. Retail Sales Rise Most in a Year, Marking U.S. Consumer Comeback

    May 13, 2016 Michelle Jamrisko — bloomberg

    Sales at retailers jumped in April by the most in a year, indicating consumer spending will help the U.S. economy recover from an early-year slowdown.

    Purchases climbed 1.3 percent last month, the biggest gain since March 2015, after a 0.3 percent drop the prior month that was smaller than previously reported, Commerce Department figures showed Friday in Washington. The median forecast of 82 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.8 percent gain.

    Healthier household finances, reflecting reduced borrowing and increased savings, mean consumers have the wherewithal to boost spending even as gasoline prices rise and job growth moderates. That can help shore up profits at retailers such as Macy’s Inc. after a disappointing start to 2016.

    “Consumers still should have money to spend,” Gennadiy Goldberg, U.S. strategist at TD Securities LLC in New York, said before the report. They “have been saving quite a bit, so they do have a fairly substantial cushion.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-13/retail-sales-rise-most-in-a-year-marking-u-s-consumer-comeback

  6. West Wing Week: 05/13/16, or “Stylin’, Huh?”

    Published on May 13, 2016

    This week, the President celebrated the 2016 graduating class of Howard University, hosted the 1983 National Champion North Carolina State Wolfpack, and the 2016 National Champion UConn Huskies. And the First Lady traveled to the Invictus Games in Orlando. That’s May 6th to May 12th or, “Sylin’, Huh?”

  7. May 14, 2016

    Weekly Address: A Conversation About Addiction

    Remarks of President Barack Obama and Macklemore as Prepared for Delivery
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    THE PRESIDENT: Hi, everybody. I’ve got a special guest with me this week – Macklemore. For those of you who don’t share the same love[i] for hip-hop, he’s a Grammy-winning artist – but he’s also an advocate who’s giving voice to a disease we too often just whisper about: the disease of addiction.

    MACKLEMORE: Hey, everybody. I’m here with President Obama because I take this personally. I abused prescription drugs and battled addiction. If I hadn’t gotten the help I needed when I needed it, I might not be here today. And I want to help others facing the same challenges I did.

    THE PRESIDENT: Drug overdoses now take more lives every year than traffic accidents. Deaths from opioid overdoses have tripled since 2000. A lot of the time, they’re from legal drugs prescribed by a doctor. So addiction doesn’t always start in some dark alley – it often starts in a medicine cabinet. In fact, a new study released this month found that 44 percent of Americans know someone who has been addicted to prescription pain killers.

    MACKLEMORE: I didn’t just know someone – I lost someone. My friend Kevin overdosed on painkillers when he was just 21 years old. Addiction is like any other disease – it doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care what color you are, whether you’re a guy or a girl, rich or poor, whether you live in the inner-city, a suburb, or rural America. This doesn’t just happen to other people’s kids or in some other neighborhood. It can happen to any of us.

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s why just talking about this crisis isn’t enough – we need to get treatment to more people who need it. My administration is working with communities to reduce overdose deaths, including with medication. We’re working with law enforcement to help people get into treatment instead of jail. And under Obamacare, health plans in the Marketplace have to include coverage for treatment.

    MACKLEMORE: I know recovery isn’t easy or quick, but along with the 12-step program, treatment has saved my life. Recovery works – and we need our leaders in Washington fund it and people know how to find it.

    THE PRESIDENT: We all need to do more to make that happen. I’ve asked Congress to expand access to recovery services, and to give first responders the tools they need to treat overdoses before it’s too late. This week, the House passed several bills about opioids – but unless they also make actual investments in more treatment, it won’t get Americans the help they need.

    On top of funding, doctors also need more training about the power of the pain medication they prescribe, and the risks they carry. Another way our country can help those suffering in private is to make this conversation public.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

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