Pres Obama Travels to Greece, Germany & APEC

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

 

Monday, November 14

President Obama departs the White House

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Tuesday, November 15

President Obama arrives in Greece
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

President Obama is greeted by Greek President Pavlopoulos in an official arrival ceremony
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama meets with Greek President Pavlopoulos
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama and meets with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras
Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras hold a joint press conference
Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama attends a state dinner hosted by President Pavlopoulos
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama overnights in Greece

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Wednesday, November 16

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
United States Embassy to Greece, Athens, Greece

President Obama tours the Acropolis
Athens, Greece

President Obama delivers remarks
Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

President Obama departs Greece en route to Germany
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

President Obama arrives in Germany

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Thursday, November 17

President Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Merkel in an official arrival ceremony
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama attends a dinner with German Chancellor Merkel
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama overnights in Berlin

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Friday, November 18

President Obama meets with French President François Hollande,  United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
Berlin, Germany

President Obama the U.S. military service-members
Berlin, Germany

President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru
Tegel International Airport, Berlin, Germany

President Obama arrives Lima, Peru
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

President Obama overnights in Lima

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Saturday, November 19

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance
Parque de la Reserva, Lima, Peru

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Sunday, November 20

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama attends an APEC sessions
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in the adoption of the 24th APEC Leaders’ Declaration
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a press conference
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama departs Lima to return to the White House
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

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45 thoughts on “Pres Obama Travels to Greece, Germany & APEC

  1. WH

    Monday, November 14, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama hosts a call with the Democratic National Committee

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    President Obama holds a press conference
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    President Obama departs the White House

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    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Athens, Greece

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  2. Pres Obama Travels to Greece, Germany & APEC

    October 25, 2016

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Greece, Germany, and Peru

    President Obama will travel to Greece, Germany, and Peru November 14-21, 2016. This trip will highlight the President’s commitment to trans-Atlantic solidarity, a strong and integrated Europe, and to cooperation with our Asia Pacific partners. The President’s schedule will underscore the linkages between our security interests and our economic agenda, our efforts to promote balanced, sustainable, and strong global economic growth, and our support for trade liberalization and economic reforms that reduce inequality and deliver opportunities for the middle class around the world as well as regional economic institutions that foster private sector growth.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/25/statement-press-secretary-presidents-travel-greece-germany-and-peru

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Tuesday, November 15
      ——————————————-

      President Obama arrives in Greece
      Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

      President Obama is greeted by Greek President Pavlopoulos in an official arrival ceremony
      Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

      President Obama meets with Greek President Pavlopoulos
      Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

      President Obama and meets with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras
      Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

      President Obama and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hold a joint press conference
      Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

      President Obama attends a state dinner hosted by President Pavlopoulos
      Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

      President Obama overnights in Greece

      • November 15, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and President Pavlopoulos of Greece before Courtesy Call

        Presidential Mansion
        Athens, Greece

        1:37 P.M. EET

        PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, I welcome you to Athens, as the President of that great, friendly country, the United States of America, who has won global distinction for defending land, democracy and justice. These are the characteristics which define your international acclaim and appeal.

        Your acclaim and appeal are, of course, justified by, among others, your initiatives of dealing with a deep global economic crisis; the support of the social rule of law; management of the acute and, in your own words, epic refugee crisis with humanity and justice; and cracking down on the barbarity of terrorism, dealing in an appropriate manner with countless criminals who commit crimes against humanity.

        Mr. President, our peoples are bound by truly historic ties of friendship and cooperation, which have become even stronger, thanks to the great Greek American community of which we Greeks are very proud, and for which we always have feelings of great gratitude. With this opportunity, I would like to thank you warmly for your solidarity to Greece and to the Greek people throughout this deep and painful economic and social crisis that our country suffered.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/15/remarks-president-obama-and-president-pavlopoulos-greece-courtesy-call

      • November 15, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece in Joint Press Conference

        Maximos Mansion
        Athens, Greece

        4:20 P.M. EET

        PRIME MINISTER TSIPRAS: (As interpreted.) I want to thank the American President, Barack Obama, very warmly for visiting Greece and for choosing Athens, the birthplace of democracy, for one of his last stops before concluding his eight-year term as the American President.

        The presidency, during which the image of the United States of America around the world has changed — even in this country, where, during the Cold War era, Greek-American relations accumulated heavy, historical burden — a very heavy, historical burden. And I think it was a historic moment when, during the previous visit of an American President in Greece in 1999, President Clinton recognized the errors of the U.S. as regards the dictatorship in Greece. Because the Americans — the Greek people do not only relate to the ancient traditions; they have fought — they have shed blood until recently to defend the values of democracy and freedom, which are our common values.

        Therefore, Greece is now welcoming an American President who, throughout his term in office, has strongly defended these values; who has fought for the rights of all people, irrespective of color, religion, or sexual orientation; who has worked in order to deal with climate change. A President who has integrated millions of Americans into health care. A President who has put his strength and his influence behind a humanitarian solution of the great refugee crisis, the greatest after World War II.

        And I should also like to point out — because this is very important to Greece — this is a President who, when he had to deal with the 2008 economic crisis, has led the American economy on a completely different path than the one that Europe has chosen. Eight years later, the result is more than visible — (inaudible) easing, commitment to employment, which was the choice of the United States, have led to impressive growth rates and decline in unemployment. While on the other side, the insistence of European leaders to austerity policies keeps the European economies trapped in stagnation, and it, therefore, brings about huge political and social problems.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/15/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-alexis-tsipras-greece-joint

      • November 15, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and President Pavlopoulos of Greece at State Dinner

        7:37 P.M. EET

        PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, I welcome you to Athens and to the presidency of the Republic, as the President of the United States of America, who has constantly and consistently served with respect for man, for the consolidation of peace and the defense of democracy, and of its twin brother, the social rule of law, by holding in check the extreme inequalities which directly threaten social cohesion. We fully share those ideals.

        Let me be even more specific. In this deep and prolonged economic and social crisis, which is plaguing our country and our people, for which we are far from being the only ones to blame, I would like to point out the following three things.

        First, we deeply believe in representative democracy and in every one of its institutional dimensions. We are especially inspired by your emblematic constitutional tradition of checks and balances. It is these that shield popular sovereignty and parliamentary rule, as well as the independence of justice from many arbitrary interference by the executive, or, even more, by the various instruments of globalization which lack any democratic legitimacy.

        Second, we continue our unwavering course within the European Union, and its (inaudible) the Eurozone, despite the huge economic and social burden of a mostly wrong and dead end austerity policy. And in respect of this, Mr. President, I was very happy to hear you point this out, and I hope that your word will urge our European partners to move in the right direction.

        Alongside our partners, with which we share a true and selfless European path, we fight to restore the values and principles which were the foundations of European integration, mainly the respect for man and for social justice. These are the principles which will keep the nightmare of fascism and Nazism left behind by World War II forever in the dismal past. We never forget the decisive contribution of the United States of America in that war, so that Europe could hold back the fate of what Mark Mazower called the “Dark Continent.” We will always remember Omaha Beach in NoNovember 15, 2016
        Remarks by President Obama and President Pavlopoulos of Greece at State Dinner

        7:37 P.M. EET

        PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, I welcome you to Athens and to the presidency of the Republic, as the President of the United States of America, who has constantly and consistently served with respect for man, for the consolidation of peace and the defense of democracy, and of its twin brother, the social rule of law, by holding in check the extreme inequalities which directly threaten social cohesion. We fully share those ideals.

        Let me be even more specific. In this deep and prolonged economic and social crisis, which is plaguing our country and our people, for which we are far from being the only ones to blame, I would like to point out the following three things.

        First, we deeply believe in representative democracy and in every one of its institutional dimensions. We are especially inspired by your emblematic constitutional tradition of checks and balances. It is these that shield popular sovereignty and parliamentary rule, as well as the independence of justice from many arbitrary interference by the executive, or, even more, by the various instruments of globalization which lack any democratic legitimacy.

        Second, we continue our unwavering course within the European Union, and its (inaudible) the Eurozone, despite the huge economic and social burden of a mostly wrong and dead end austerity policy. And in respect of this, Mr. President, I was very happy to hear you point this out, and I hope that your word will urge our European partners to move in the right direction.

        Alongside our partners, with which we share a true and selfless European path, we fight to restore the values and principles which were the foundations of European integration, mainly the respect for man and for social justice. These are the principles which will keep the nightmare of fascism and Nazism left behind by World War II forever in the dismal past. We never forget the decisive contribution of the United States of America in that war, so that Europe could hold back the fate of what Mark Mazower called the “Dark Continent.” We will always remember Omaha Beach in NoNovember 15, 2016
        Remarks by President Obama and President Pavlopoulos of Greece at State Dinner

        7:37 P.M. EET

        PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, I welcome you to Athens and to the presidency of the Republic, as the President of the United States of America, who has constantly and consistently served with respect for man, for the consolidation of peace and the defense of democracy, and of its twin brother, the social rule of law, by holding in check the extreme inequalities which directly threaten social cohesion. We fully share those ideals.

        Let me be even more specific. In this deep and prolonged economic and social crisis, which is plaguing our country and our people, for which we are far from being the only ones to blame, I would like to point out the following three things.

        First, we deeply believe in representative democracy and in every one of its institutional dimensions. We are especially inspired by your emblematic constitutional tradition of checks and balances. It is these that shield popular sovereignty and parliamentary rule, as well as the independence of justice from many arbitrary interference by the executive, or, even more, by the various instruments of globalization which lack any democratic legitimacy.

        Second, we continue our unwavering course within the European Union, and its (inaudible) the Eurozone, despite the huge economic and social burden of a mostly wrong and dead end austerity policy. And in respect of this, Mr. President, I was very happy to hear you point this out, and I hope that your word will urge our European partners to move in the right direction.

        Alongside our partners, with which we share a true and selfless European path, we fight to restore the values and principles which were the foundations of European integration, mainly the respect for man and for social justice. These are the principles which will keep the nightmare of fascism and Nazism left behind by World War II forever in the dismal past. We never forget the decisive contribution of the United States of America in that war, so that Europe could hold back the fate of what Mark Mazower called the “Dark Continent.” We will always remember Omaha Beach in Normandy.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/15/remarks-president-obama-and-president-pavlopoulos-greece-state-dinner

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Wednesday, November 16
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      President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
      United States Embassy to Greece
      Athens, Greece

      President Obama tours the Acropolis
      Athens, Greece

      President Obama delivers remarks
      Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

      President Obama departs Greece en route to Germany

      President Obama arrives in Germany

      • November 16, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece

        Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
        Athens, Greece

        2:03 P.M. EET

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Please, please have a seat. Thank you. (Applause.)

        AUDIENCE MEMBER: Chicago!

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Chicago — (laughter.)

        Hello, Greece! (Applause.) Yia sas! Kalispera! To the government and the people of Greece — including Prime Minister Tsipras, who I thank for his partnership and for being here, along with so many young people, the future of Greece — I want to thank you for your warm and generous welcome.

        As many of you know, this is my final trip overseas as President of the United States, and I was determined, on my last trip, to come to Greece — partly because I’ve heard about the legendary hospitality of the Greek people — your philoxenia. (Applause.) Partly because I had to see the Acropolis and the Parthenon. But also because I came here with gratitude for all that Greece — “this small, great world” — has given to humanity through the ages.

        Our hearts have been moved by the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides. Our minds have been opened by the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides. Our understanding of the world and our place in it has been expanded by Socrates and Aristotle.

        In the United States, we’re especially grateful for the friendship of so many proud Greek Americans. In my hometown of Chicago — (applause) — you can find them in Greektown, with their foustanellas. (Laughter.) And together, we’ve celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House. We’ve had some spanakopita and some ouzo. (Laughter.) Greek Americans have worn the uniform to keep our country free. Greek Americans have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to make us more just. Greek or American, we’re all cheering for Giannis Antetokounmpo — (applause) — who seems to be getting better each year. And if anyone seeks an example of our shared spirit, our resilience, they need look no further than New York City, near Ground Zero, where the Greek Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, once in ruins, is now rising again.

        Most of all, we’re indebted to Greece for the most precious of gifts — the truth, the understanding that as individuals of free will, we have the right and the capacity to govern ourselves. (Applause.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/16/remarks-president-obama-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Thursday, November 17
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      President Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Merkel in an official arrival ceremony
      German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
      German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

      President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference
      German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

      President Obama attends a dinner with German Chancellor Merkel
      German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

      President Obama overnights in Berlin

      • November 17, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in a Joint Press Conference

        German Chancellory
        Berlin, Germany

        5:33 P.M. CET

        CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As interpreted.) Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be able to welcome today for the sixth time the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to Germany.

        In his capacity as President of the United States, let us remind ourselves — visiting us in his capacity as candidate here in Berlin; we then met in Baden-Baden. We then met in Dresden and Buchenwald. We saw each other when he gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. In Elmau, we met again at the G7. Then Hannover Faire comes to mind. And today he is again here in Berlin.

        So eight years are coming to a close. This is the last visit of Barack Obama to our country, to Germany. I am very glad that he chose Germany as one of the stopovers on this trip. And thank you very much. Thank you for the friendship you’ve always demonstrated. Thank you for the reliable friendship and partnership you demonstrated in very difficult hours of our relationship. So let me again pay tribute to what we’ve been able to achieve, to what we discussed, to what we were able to bring about in difficult hours.

        It comes to mind, as I said, of those that had a bearing on the cooperation of our intelligence services, and I’m very grateful that Barack Obama, as President, very much put protection of privacy on the agenda today. Due to the fact of Islamist terrorism all over the world and the threat of IS, we recognize how important the cooperation with intelligence services, first and foremost, also with the services of the United States is. We need this cooperation. And we say this from a German perspective very clearly and unequivocally.

        Our bilateral relations are very good, they’re very close. In the areas of business, of the economy, the United States of America last year were our most important trading partner. Both for Germany and the European Union, the European Union and the United States of America on the big, important economic areas for us, which is why I’ve always come out strongly in favor of concluding a trade agreement with the United States of America.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/17/remarks-president-obama-and-chancellor-merkel-germany-joint-press

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Friday, November 18
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      President Obama meets with French President François Hollande, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
      German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

      President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
      Berlin, Germany

      President Obama the U.S. military service-members
      Berlin, Germany

      President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru

      President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru
      Tegel International Airport, Berlin, Germany

      President Obama arrives Lima, Peru
      Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

      • November 18, 2016

        Readout of President Obama’s Meeting in Berlin with the Leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom

        President Obama met in Berlin this morning with Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande, Prime Minister Renzi, President Rajoy, and Prime Minister May to discuss common challenges facing the transatlantic community. The leaders agreed on the necessity of working collectively to move the transatlantic agenda forward, particularly on bringing stabilization to the Middle East and North Africa, as well as securing diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine. The leaders also affirmed the importance of continued cooperation through multilateral institutions, including NATO. President Obama expressed confidence that, even at a moment of great change, democratic values have done more to advance human freedom and progress than any other system in history, and will continue to do so going forward.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/18/readout-president-obamas-meeting-berlin-leaders-germany-france-italy

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Saturday, November 19
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      President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
      JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama holds a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
      Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

      President Obama holds a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall
      Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
      JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

      President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance
      Parque de la Reserva, Lima, Peru

      President Obama overnights in Lima, Peru

      • November 20, 2016

        Remarks by the President at YLAI Town Hall

        Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

        Lima, Peru

        2:34 P.M. PET

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hola Peru! (Applause.) Asu! Muchas gracias. Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you, Cyntia, for your kind words and your great work here in Peru in bringing people together across generations to meet challenges. Please give Cyntia a big round of applause for the great introduction. (Applause.)

        So it is wonderful to be here in Peru. I want to thank everybody at Catholic University of Peru for hosting us. (Applause.) I want to thank the government and the people of this beautiful country for your hospitality.

        AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: I love you, too! (Applause.)

        So, while I’m here, I’m hoping to enjoy some good food — some pollo a la brasa. (Applause.) Maybe a pisco sour. But I will not be attempting the Marinera — (applause) — because I usually leave the dancing to my wife, Michelle. (Laughter.) She’s a better dancer than me.

        But I want to thank all of you for being here — our Young Leaders of America, both live and online, representing every country in Latin America and the Caribbean.

        Now, this is my final stop on my final trip abroad as President of the United States. And I’ve had the usual meetings with world leaders, and we’ve done important business. But whenever I travel, one of the things that I’ve been trying to do for the last eight years is to meet with young people. First of all, young people are more fun than old people. (Laughter.) Second, because today more than half of the world’s population is 30 or younger. And that means your generation will determine the course of our future — as individual nations and as a global community. Now, the good news is, because I’ve had a chance to meet so many young people around the world, it makes me very optimistic to know that you are going to be in charge. And that’s why I wanted my last public event abroad to be with you.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/20/remarks-president-ylai-town-hall

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Sunday, November 20
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      President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama attends the APEC CEO Summit
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama attends an APEC sessions
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama participates in the adoption of the 24th APEC Leaders’ Declaration
      Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

      President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
      Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      President Obama participates in a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau
      Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

      President Obama holds a press conference
      Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

      President Obama departs Lima to return to the White House
      Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

      President Obama departs Lima to return to the White House

      • 10:15 AM ET
        President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC
        Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

      • November 20, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada after Bilateral Meeting

        Lima Convention Centre
        Lima, Peru

        3:59 P.M. PET

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it’s a great pleasure to be able to spend a little bit of time with my good friend and the Prime Minister of one of our closest allies in the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his team.

        The friendship, the bonds, the links between Canada and the United States are obviously unparalleled. And it has been an extraordinary pleasure of mine over the last year and a half or so to be able to work directly with Justin on a whole host of issues.

        First and foremost, we have enormous commercial relations. And our teams have been able to advance and build on a whole range of progress around how we both manage our borders but facilitate trade flows and tourism, and all the things that are the lifeblood of the relationship between our two countries. We’re going to try to get as much of that work completed in the last two months of my presidency.

        Canada has been an outstanding partner in the fight against terrorism — not just in terms of intelligence-gathering and information-sharing, but also the incredibly important investments that they’ve made in the success of the counter-ISIL campaign and that they continue to make.

        Justin’s personal voice on issues of refugees and the humanitarian concerns that we share has been a really important component of the success of things like our leadership summit on refugees at the U.N.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/20/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-trudeau-canada-after

      • November 20, 2016

        Press Conference by President Obama in Lima, Peru

        Lima Convention Centre
        Lima, Peru

        5:52 P.M. PET

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. Let me begin by thanking President Kuczynski and the wonderful people of Peru for hosting us and for their outstanding hospitality. Peru is one of the United States’ strongest partners in the Americas — from standing up for democracy, to promoting jobs and growth, to fighting climate change. And this summit has been a success thanks to the great work of our Peruvian friends. So on behalf of us all, muchas gracias.

        This summit, and my trip over the past week, has obviously occurred against a backdrop of the broader debate over globalization and trade. As I’ve said, over the decades, our global, integrated economy has helped to improve the lives of billions of people around the world with historic gains in prosperity, education, and health. At the same time, when jobs and capital can move across borders, when workers have less leverage, when wealthy corporations and global elites too often seem to be playing by a different set of rules, then workers and communities can be hit especially hard; the gaps between the rich and everyone else grow wider. And that can reverberate through our politics.

        That’s why I firmly believe that one of our greatest challenges in the years ahead — across our nations and within them — will be to make sure that the benefits of the global economy are shared by more people and that the negative impacts, such as economic inequalities, are addressed by all nations. When it comes to trade, I believe that the answer is not to pull back or try to erect barriers to trade. Given our integrated economies and global supply chains, that would hurt us all. But rather the answer is to do trade right, making sure that it has strong labor standards, strong environmental standards, that it addresses ways in which workers and ordinary people can benefit rather than be harmed by global trade. All of this is the central work of APEC.

        As this debate moves forward in the United States, it’s important to remember how vital the Asia Pacific is to America’s prosperity. The 21 Asia Pacific economies here represent nearly three billion people, a majority of the global middle class, six of America’s top 10 trading partners, more than half of the global economy, and the world’s fastest-growing region. In other words, these 21 countries represent tremendous opportunity for the United States to sell our goods and support U.S. jobs. And that’s why, as part of the rebalance of our foreign policy to the Asia Pacific, we’ve boosted U.S. exports to the region by some 50 percent. Nearly 60 percent of our exports go to the region.

        And this is part of broader progress. With 95 percent of the world’s customers beyond America’s borders, I’ve made it a priority to open up new markets overseas. And during my administration, we’ve increased U.S. exports to the world by more than 40 percent — to record levels — and these exports support more than 11 million American jobs. Moreover, we know that companies that export tend to grow faster and hire more employees and pay their workers more than companies that do not export. All of which is why exports have helped to drive our economic recovery. It’s one of the reasons that U.S. businesses have created more than 15 million new jobs.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/20/press-conference-president-obama-lima-peru

  3. November 14, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady at Veterans’ Homelessness Conference

    East Room

    1:25 P.M. EST

    MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all so much. (Applause.) You all, please, please. Thanks so much. Welcome.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Run for President! (Laughter.)

    MRS. OBAMA: Be quiet back there. (Laughter.)

    Well, this is a wonderful day for us all, and I’m so happy that we’re here together.

    Let me start by thanking Mr. Banks for that wonderful introduction. I got to meet Mr. Banks earlier today because he invited me over to his house, so I thought I’d return the favor and invite Mr. Banks over to my house. But, as I told him, he is a role model. And he said, no, not me. And I said, yes, yes, because there are a lot of veterans out there just like Mr. Banks who aren’t aware of the many resources that are there for them. And I think, as I told Mr. Banks, his story is going to help a lot of people get the support that they need and deserve.

    So I am grateful to you, Mr. Banks, for having the courage to tell your story and to do it in the White House. So thank you so much. It was an honor spending time with you. (Applause.)

    So as we gather here at the White House, I just want to take a moment to echo what my husband said last week about the results of our election. He said that we are all on one team — not Democrats first or Republicans first, but we are Americans first. We’re patriots first. (Applause.)

    And as I look around this room, I deeply feel the truth in those words. Because I see people here who I imagine belong to all different parties, maybe no party at all. And when it comes to supporting our American heroes, none of that matters, because this is something that we can all agree on. Am I right? (Applause.)

    Our love, our gratitude, our admiration for our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families — all of that is bigger than any one party or any one election. And we need to continue coming together to do this vitally important work at every level of government — from our cities and towns all the way up to right here in the White House. And that’s what you all have been doing for so many years now. That’s why we wanted to have you here today.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/14/remarks-first-lady-veterans-homelessness-conference

  4. November 14, 2016

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

    President Obama spoke by phone today with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss the progress the two countries have made deepening economic relations, combatting organized crime, managing migration, and strengthening the rule of law to the benefit of the American and Mexican people. President Obama conveyed how much the United States values and depends upon its relationship and collaboration with Mexico. President Peña Nieto commended President Obama for being a steadfast friend of the Mexican people and a committed partner. Both presidents agreed to continue to take steps to solidify the relationship and institutionalize mechanisms of cooperation that have been created with bipartisan support to ensure that the strong and mutually beneficial partnership between Mexico and the United States endures.

  5. November 14, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden at Joining Forces Capstone Reception

    East Room

    5:17 P.M. EDT

    DR. BIDEN: So good afternoon. It’s so wonderful to be here with all of you today. And let me start by thanking Sheila Casey, a true friend and champion for all military families, including mine. Thank you, Sheila, for your kind words and support over the years. It’s been a pleasure working with you and your husband, General Casey.

    Well, it’s hard to believe that after five years, this is our last Joining Forces event. I remember the moment eight years ago, backstage in Springfield, Illinois, when Michelle and I decided we wanted to focus on this important issue together. It was that exciting day when then-Senator Obama announced that my husband Joe would be his running mate. Michelle turned to me and asked what would I like to work on if we won. And I told her that I wanted to tackle the issues that our military families were facing, and she said, “Me too!” (Laughter.) For me, I couldn’t think of anything more fulfilling than serving those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

    One thing we say in the Biden family — and I know you all feel it in your hearts — is that our country has one sacred obligation — to equip those we send to war, and to care for them and their families during deployments and when they return. (Applause.)

    For more; https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/14/remarks-first-lady-and-dr-jill-biden-joining-forces-capstone-reception

  6. November 14, 2016

    Press Conference by the President

    James S. Brady Briefing Room

    3:35 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Hello, hello.

    Hello, everybody. In a couple hours, I’ll be departing on my final foreign trip as President. And while we’re abroad, I’ll have a chance to take a few of your questions, but I figured why wait? I know that there’s a lot of domestic issues that people are thinking about, so I wanted to see if I could clear out some of the underbrush so that when we’re overseas, and people are asking about foreign policy questions, people don’t feel obliged to tack on three other questions to them.

    Let me — I know you still will. (Laughter.) That I’m aware, but I’m trying something out here. First of all, let me mention three brief topics.

    First of all, as I discussed with the President-elect on Thursday, my team stands ready to accelerate in the next steps that are required to ensure a smooth transition. And we are going to be staying in touch as we travel. I remember what it was like when I came in eight years ago. It is a big challenge. This office is bigger than any one person. And that’s why ensuring a smooth transition is so important.

    It’s not something that the Constitution explicitly requires, but it is one of those norms that are vital to a functioning democracy — similar to norms of civility and tolerance, and a commitment to reason and to facts and analysis. It’s part of what makes this country work. And as long as I’m President, we are going to uphold those norms and cherish and uphold those ideals.

    As I’ve told my staff, we should be very proud that their work has already ensured that when we turn over the keys the car is in pretty good shape. We are indisputably in a stronger position today than we were when I came in eight years ago. Jobs have been growing for 73 straight months. Incomes are rising. Poverty is falling. The uninsured rate is at the lowest level on record. Carbon emissions have come down without impinging on our growth.

    And so my instructions to my team are that we run through the tape. We make sure that we finish what we started, that we don’t let up in these last couple of months, because my goal is, on January 21st, America is in the strongest position possible and hopefully there’s an opportunity for the next President to build on that.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/14/press-conference-president-0

  7. WH

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:00 AM
    3:50 AM
    President Obama arrives in Greece
    Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    6:30 AM
    President Obama is greeted by Greek President Pavlopoulos in an official arrival ceremony
    Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

    6:50 AM
    President Obama meets with Greek President Pavlopoulos
    Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

    7:00 AM
    7:30 AM
    President Obama and meets with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras
    Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

    8:00 AM
    8:55 AM
    President Obama and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hold a joint press conference
    Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:25 PM
    President Obama attends a state dinner hosted by President Pavlopoulos
    Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    First Lady Michell Obama delivers remarks at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
    East Room

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden hosts a reception for the Ford’s Theatre at the Naval Observatory
    Naval Observatory

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

    President Obama overnights in Greece

    • POTUS podium

      November 15,, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      8:55 AM EST
      President Obama and meets with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras
      Proedrikό Mégaro, Athens, Greece

      10:30 AM EST
      Young Women Leading the Way: Strategies and Solutions to Breaking Barriers for Girls and by Girls (Morning Session)
      The White House

      1:40 PM EST
      Young Women Leading the Way: Strategies and Solutions to Breaking Barriers for Girls and by Girls (Afternoon Session)
      The White House

      2:00 PM EST
      2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
      The White House

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      House Financial Services Committee
      Securities and Exchange Commission Operations
      Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White testified at an oversight hearing on the SEC’s operations and fiscal year 2018 budget request. https://www.c-span.org/video/?418547-1/sec-chair-mary-jo-white-testifies-sec-operations

      10:30 AM ET
      House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
      Self-Driving Cars
      Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and auto and tech industry representatives testified at a hearing on self-driving cars. A second panel focused on regulations. https://www.c-span.org/video/?418548-1/mark-rosekind-testifies-selfdriving-cars

      2:00 PM EST
      State Department Daily Briefing Elizabeth Trudeau, director of the Office of Press Relations at the State Department, briefs reporters on a range of international issues. https://www.c-span.org/video/?418576-1/state-department-briefing

      4:00 PM EST
      U.S. Senate Debates Gold Star Families Voices Act
      U.S. Senate Following leader remarks, the Senate is expected to debate H.R. 4511, which authorizes a Library of Congress oral history project to record the stories of Gold Star families whose family members have died while serving in the military.
      https://www.c-span.org/video/?416653-1/us-senate-debates-gold-star-families-voices-act

  8. Clean Air Act of 1963 – 53rd Anniversary

    The Clean Air Act is a United States federal law established on December 17, 1963 was designed to control air pollution on a national level. It requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and enforce regulations to protect the public from airborne contaminants known to be hazardous to human health. The 1963 version of the legislation established a research program, expanded in 1967. Major amendments to the law, requiring regulatory controls for air pollution, passed in 1970, 1977, and 1990.

    The 1970 amendments greatly expanded the federal mandate, requiring comprehensive federal and state regulations for both stationary (industrial) pollution sources and mobile sources. It also significantly expanded federal enforcement.

    The 1990 amendments addressed acid rain, ozone depletion and toxic air pollution, established a national permits program for stationary sources, and increased enforcement authority. The amendments also established new auto gasoline reformulation requirements, set Reid vapor pressure (RVP) standards to control evaporative emissions from gasoline, and mandated new gasoline formulations sold from May to September in many states.

    The Clean Air Act was the first major environmental law in the United States to include a provision for citizen suits. Numerous state and local governments have enacted similar legislation, either implementing federal programs or filling in locally important gaps in federal programs.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Air_Act_(United_States)

  9. November 15, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

    East Room

    2:14 P.M. EST

    MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all. (Applause.) Stop that! (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. All right, that’s enough, that’s enough. You guys, please. (Applause.) Thank you for that. (Laughter.) Oh, my goodness. Now I’m embarrassed. (Laughter.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you! Why are you up there?

    MRS. OBAMA: I don’t know. (Laughter.) It’s just the lights, the cameras, you guys. (Laughter.)

    Well, hello, everyone. Welcome to the White House for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards. (Applause.) Are you guys excited?

    AUDIENCE: Yes!

    MRS. OBAMA: I am too. (Laughter.) So I hope everybody has been treating you all well. You’re satisfied? No complaints? Because I can still fire people. (Laughter.) Would never do that. (Laughter.)

    Welcome. Let me start by thanking from the bottom of my heart, oh, gosh, so many people. But I want to start with George Stevens, oh, who has just been an amazing friend and partner. (Applause.) And sitting beside him, Margo Lion. Oh, my god, Margo. (Applause.) It’s been a really neat journey, hasn’t it? Yeah, it has been.

    I want to recognize Mary Schmidt Campbell, who could not be here today. But she has been just a tremendous support. (Applause.) And Megan Beyer, who stepped in — (applause) — and has just been an amazing addition to the team. Megan, thank you. Thank you for your passion and your focus. I love you, I love you.

    And to the entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities — this is my team. These are my people here. I was just talking to them earlier — I mean, we have done some amazing things together. It’s been a tremendous ride. And, oh, I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been to just do great things for kids all over this country. And I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you, not just for the work that you’ve done on this event, but for everything that you’ve done for the past eight years.

    From the day we started, all of us, we’ve made it a priority to open up this house to as many young people from as many backgrounds as possible, because we wanted them to understand that this is their house too. (Applause.) And that’s not always the case. There are kids all over this country, all over the world who think that places like this are not for them. So they’re intimidated by it, and it defines the limits of who they can be.

    Well, we want to change that. We’ve worked to change that. We want them to know that they should always feel home within these walls and so many important institutions all over the world. At the same time, we also wanted to bring exciting arts programming to students across the country, and to get more kids engaged in the arts at their schools and also in their communities.

    And the PCAH has been at the heart of both of these efforts.

    For more; https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/15/remarks-first-lady-national-arts-and-humanities-youth-program-awards

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