National Archives presents: America’s First Ladies Forum

Throughout our history, First Ladies have the power to shape societal attitudes and have used their platform to advocate for important issues affecting the nation. This conference will focus on the First Lady as spouse of the Commander in Chief and the actions they have taken, throughout times of war and peace, to support Americans in combat, military families, and the country’s veterans.

First Ladies of the United States

First Ladies of the United States of America

Friday, September 16, 2016
First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush speak at a forum on the legacy of first ladies
National Archives, Washington, DC

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  1. WH

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a forum on the legacy of first ladies
    National Archives, Washington DC

    10:00 AM
    10:20 AM
    President Obama meets with with business, government, and national security leaders
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign rally
    Fairfax, Virginia

    4:00 PM
    President Obama participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony
    Oval Office

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • September 16, 2016

      Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and Former First Lady Laura Bush in Discussion with Bob Woodruff

      National Archives
      Washington, D.C.

      11:15 A.M. EDT

      MR. WOODRUFF: Well, what an honor is it to be here today. I have a chance — first of all, I want to tell both of you that my wife, who is also my commander —

      MRS. OBAMA: As it should be. (Laughter.)

      MR. WOODRUFF: — she wanted to say hi to both of you and what you’re doing for the veterans out there. I also want to mention, I just had a chance to — and I had the chance to see President Bush at the Invictus Games, where it was such a clear indication of how absolutely committed he is to this. Certainly, Will Reynolds, who is an amazing person, who is out there winning everything — and I had a chance to talk to President Bush about what he’s doing. President Obama, too, of course — he deeply committed to this.

      And it’s interesting, I just talked to Mrs. Obama backstage here, that I had a chance to see him in Laos. And one of the topics there, of course, was what he thought about Vietnam and the war there. And Laos, of course, too. We’ve got a lot of undetonated bombs that are still in the ground there.

      And I asked him, all of those veterans, we looked at the time — he and I were born August 1961, so he’s two weeks older than me. We asked about that, what was going on. And we looked at war so differently back in the 1960s and the 1970s because there were drafts, and certainly we were not attacked on our turf leading into that war. And I said, those veterans that did serve there in Laos and Vietnam, do you call them heroes? And he said, absolutely, we call them heroes. This is not something reserved just for the more recent wars with voluntary wars.

      In my experience here — which, as Will said, one we never really expected, having been wounded in the wars — we’ve experienced a lot of not diminishing attention, but now the wars really came to an end-ish, as they say, there’s not as much attention that’s being given to those that served in the country. And I’d love to hear from you what it’s like to be in the White House and to have that kind of power and influence on an issue that is extremely important.

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  2. September 15, 2016

    Proclamation — National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016


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    For centuries, courageous members of our Armed Forces have embodied the best of America with devotion and patriotism. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pause to remember our servicemen and women who never returned home. The hardship experienced by prisoners of war and by the family members of those who have gone missing in action is unimaginable to most Americans; it is our country’s solemn obligation to bring these heroes back to the land they served to defend, and to support the families who, each day, carry on without knowing the peace of being reunited with their loved ones.

    The United States does not leave anyone behind, and we do not forget those who remain missing. We will never stop working to bring home those who gave everything for their country, nor cease in our pursuit of the fullest possible accounting for all who are missing. We are working to fulfill this promise by strengthening communication with the families of those service members missing or taken prisoner. And as Commander in Chief, I am committed to living up to this responsibility.

    The men and women of our Armed Forces face unthinkable conditions and bear the painful cost of war. Theirs is a debt we can never fully repay, though we will continue striving to remain worthy of their sacrifice. In honor of those who have not yet come home, and the families who struggle with the fear of unknown fate, we renew our fierce commitment to our patriots in uniform and pledge to do everything we can to bring those missing or held prisoner home.

    On September 16, 2016, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War will be flown over the White House; the United States Capitol; the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs; the Selective Service System Headquarters; the World War II Memorial; the Korean War Veterans Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; United States post offices; national cemeteries; and other locations across our country. We raise this flag as a solemn reminder of our obligation to always remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation.

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    * Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

  3. September 16, 2016

    Remarks by the President Before Meeting With Business, Government and National Security Leaders

    Oval Office

    10:35 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: I am really pleased to be joined by this outstanding, bipartisan group to reemphasize how important it is for us to be out there and set the rules for the global economy.

    As all of you know, I just returned from my 11th trip to Asia. This is the most populous, fastest-growing part of the world. It is an area where we have the potential to sell American goods, promote American business, and help American workers, because we know that export industries tend to pay higher wages and are oftentimes some of the most successful companies in the world. And precisely because 95 percent of our markets are outside of the United States, and because for us to succeed in this increasingly integrated economy, we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got a level playing field and that American workers and American businesses are able to compete fairly.

    What we’ve done over the last several years is negotiate what we call the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, which is a high-standard trade agreement that makes other countries lower their tariff barriers so that there aren’t taxes on U.S. goods that are sold there, that gets other countries to raise their labor standards so they’re not undercutting U.S. workers, that gets other countries to raise environmental standards so that as we do our part to conserve the planet other countries are doing their fair share. And after a lot of negotiations, we’ve got what is the most progressive, effective trade deal that we’ve ever seen.

    And this bipartisan group made up of business leaders, mayors, governors, Republicans, Democrats, national security leaders and military leaders — the reason they’re here is because they know this is important for our economy and they know that this is important for our national security and our standing in the world.

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  4. It would be nice if this was a series. Something similar to the one that was on the history channel, I believe. This is interesting.

  5. September 16, 2016

    Readout of the President’s National Security Council Meeting on the Counter ISIL Campaign

    President Obama today convened his National Security Council to discuss the global campaign we are leading to degrade and destroy ISIL. The President was briefed on multiple advances against ISIL that the Coalition has enabled across the battlefield in both Iraq and Syria, noting that the Iraqis have now reclaimed over 50 percent of the territory once controlled by ISIL, while our partners across northern Syria have essentially closed off ISIL’s access to the Syrian border with Turkey and the outside world. The President directed his team to continue close coordination with all of our partners in the Counter ISIL fight as we build on this momentum to plan operations to further pressure ISIL. The President expressed deep concern that, despite decreased violence across the country, the Syrian regime continues to block the flow of critical humanitarian aid. The President emphasized that the United States will not proceed with the next steps in the arrangement with Russia until we see seven continuous days of reduced violence and sustained humanitarian access.

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