Archive for September 24th, 2014

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Sep
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A Tweet Or Two

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24
Sep
14

A Letter from the President

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Helping Liberia – Thank you President Obama – from the bottom of my heart

On August 3, at the urging of BobFr, I sent a letter to President Obama. Essentially, it was a modified comment I had posted here.

It was just at the start of the African Summit that President Obama was going to be convening with leaders from across the continent. At the time, news of the Ebola virus ravaging several countries in West Africa, including Liberia, my native country, was being hotly discussed. We also learned that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, would not be attending the conference because of the seriousness of the deadly virus. I lamented here that this would have been an opportune time for her to discuss not only the Ebola virus, but the deplorable health care infrastructure in the country.

I touched on some of those same concerns here in my August 3 comments (here)

That’s why after Bob encouraged me to write President Obama, I did. On September 22, I received a letter from him, dated September, 15, 2014.

I don’t quite remember everything I said to the president in my letter, because I typed it in the White House e-mail format and regrettably did not save a copy. But I believe I shared with him the lack of basic health care in Liberia and my own family struggle with my husband’s illness and desire to return someday, but could not do so. Without adequate routine medical care, my husband would not survive in Liberia, given that there is no treatment center there to treat him.

So, two days ago, shortly after I had gotten home briefly to drop off the car so that my husband could run and see his nurse, as I walked into the door, he said, “There is an envelope for you from the White House.” You can only imagine my surprise.

I immediately dropped my purse and grabbed the oversized manila envelope. I quickly opened it and began reading its contents. I was so excited, I could barely contain myself. I ran to my computer and tweeted that I got the letter and then posted it here.

My friends, words cannot express my deepest gratitude to President Obama for the swift action he has taken to save the lives of thousands of Liberians. It is a massive undertaking that many in Liberia will be grateful for, too. (Liberian Observer: President Obama’s Robust Response: A Security Council Resolution Could Greatly Help the Process)

You see, even before I wrote to President Obama, the U.S. had already taken steps to help Liberia and other countries in the region. And since my letter weeks ago, the President and his administration, alongside their International partners, have done much more to help battle the deadly virus. As part of the efforts to respond the Ebola epidemic, last week, the president sent 3,000 soldiers to Liberia to begin the work of containing the fast moving virus. (WH FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa)

I am hopeful that the residual effects from the aid by the U.S. government and its partners around the world, will offer an opportunity for Liberia to emerge with a health care infrastructure, that will not only allow me and my family to go home, but will benefit thousands of Liberians who suffer needlessly and sometimes die from illnesses that could be easily treated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa.” And to date, it has touched the lives of 5,864 people. In Liberia alone, some 1,500 people have died. (CDC: 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa)

So far, both my husband’s family and mine still living in Liberia, have not been harmed by the devasting virus. Many others are not so lucky.

Not only do we count our blessings for this, but also for President Obama’s action to take a stand and join other nations to prevent the loss of countless lives.

For this, as a Liberian native, I am eternally grateful to President Obama and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Many Liberians will never forget what you have done here today.

Thank you fellow TODers for all your support and encouragement. I am deeply honored to be a part of this wonderful place.

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24
Sep
14

President Obama at the UN: Coming Up

3:0 EDT: President Obama Speaks at the UN Security Council Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

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5:15 President Obama Attends a Meeting of the Open Government Partnership

24
Sep
14

President Obama’s UN General Assembly Address

Text of remarks here

24
Sep
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets young performers with the Dance Theatre of Harlem prior to the United Nations General Assembly spouses tour and luncheon at the Harlem Studio Museum in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:0: President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly

10:50: Holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, UN Building

12:40: Meets with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly

12:55: Meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

1:15: Attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

3:0: Chairs United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters

5:15: Attends a meeting of the Open Government Partnership

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The Week Ahead

Thursday: In the morning, the President will deliver remarks at a UN meeting on the Ebola epidemic. In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will return to Washington DC.

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Friday: The President will deliver remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House.

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Saturday: The President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

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On This Day

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to greet arrivals for the G20 dinner on Sept. 24 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

President Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown talk following the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and his wife, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, prior to the summit dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and his wife, Azeb Mesfina, prior to the summit dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Greeting Slimey Berlusconi …. the President’s face still cracks me up

President Obama talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Felipe Calderon during a G-20 leaders working dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Penn., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama meets with advisors prior to a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Prior to a luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama and the spouses of United Nations General Assembly leaders tour the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture with Dan Barber, co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the National Day of Play on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. Sept. 24, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis with members of the band Big Time Rush in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during a taping for NIckelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama with Valerie Trierweiler, partner of French President Francois Hollande, during a luncheon for first ladies at the Studio Museum in Harlem September 24, 2013

The President and former President Bill Clinton are bathed in blue light as they talk backstage prior to participating in the Clinton Global Initiative Healthcare Forum in New York City. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, waits to introduce them.” Sept. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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24
Sep
14

Early Bird Chat

A little girl looks up at President Barack Obama as he talks with wounded warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 22, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!




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