Posts Tagged ‘carter

24
Oct
17

There’s Still Time To Give

22
Oct
17

Last Night

21
Oct
17

‘Join Us’

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07
Sep
17

Lending A Helping Hand

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04
Jan
17

A Farewell For An Exemplary Commander In Chief

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12
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat

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Pete Souza: With plane flying overhead, President Obama observes a moment of silence this morning at the time a plane struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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All Times Eastern

11AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

4:10PM: President Obama meets with Bipartisan Congressional Leadership

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President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford

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Pete Souza

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23
Jul
16

All Who Want To Serve Are Welcome. Thanks, President Obama

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Helene Cooper: Pentagon Set To Lift Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military

The Pentagon next month will announce the repeal of a policy banning transgender people from serving openly in the military, Defense Department officials said on Friday, moving to end what has widely been seen as one of the last barriers to service. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military. A year ago, he directed officials from all the military branches to determine what changes would be needed to lift the ban, in a tacit recognition that thousands of transgender people were already in uniform. Under the Pentagon’s plan, first reported by USA Today, each branch will put in place policies covering recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops.

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Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association, a support network for partners and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops and veterans, said in a statement that “our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief.” Estimates of the number of transgender people in the 1.2 million-member military range from 2,000 to more than 15,000. As with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that applied to gay men, lesbians and bisexuals until it was lifted in 2011, current rules have done little to keep transgender people out of the military. Instead, they have forced many to lie about their status and keep it a secret. Since taking the defense secretary post in February 2015, Mr. Carter has set about dismantling discriminatory rules in the services, including opening all combat positions to women. This week, Eric K. Fanning formally took over as Army secretary, becoming the first openly gay leader of a military service branch.

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WHITE HOUSE PHOTO-PRESIDENT OBAMA MILITARY PITTSBURGH-PETE SOUZA

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U.S. troops react as they shake hands with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs a soldier as he greets military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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06
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House. President Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still “precarious” security situation in the war-ravaged country

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (R), delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama departs with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) after delivering a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

25
May
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Jeffrey Buchanan participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey honor fallen soldiers at Arlington

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Jeffrey Buchanan participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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First lady Michelle Obama smiles after being hooded for an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College. Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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First lady Michelle Obama smiles as she is introduced by Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov before receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as she is introduced by Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov before receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio

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Maura Zurick: First Lady Michelle Obama Urges Oberlin College Graduates To Make A Difference

First Lady Michelle Obama told nearly 700 Oberlin College graduates Monday to wake up and “play your part in our great American story.” Obama urged the class of 2015 to volunteer for campaigns or “better yet, run for office yourselves.” She encouraged the graduates to not shy away from the clamor and polarization of the real world and told them to face the revolutions of their time: climate change, economic inequality, human rights and criminal justice reform. “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find,” she said in her 25-minute remarks to graduates, family members and spectators in Tappan Square.

“Because so often, throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens –- the places where minds are changed, lives transformed, where our great American story unfolds.” Zoe Madonna, an East Asian studies graduate, called the first lady brilliant. “This is going to be a story that I can tell 50 years from now about the time the first lady spoke at my graduation, and I really enjoyed that it wasn’t a pat-yourself-on-the-back speech,” Madonna said. “Usually when dignitaries come, they keep their real selves, real opinions quiet, but you could hear what she really thought, what she really wants for us shining through in her speech.”

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First lady Michelle Obama poses with Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov after receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

24
Mar
15

The President’s Day

President Obama meets with Afghan President Ghani in the Oval Office. This marks the first meeting between the two presidents at the White House following the 2014 presidential election, which produced the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history

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U.S. President Obama speaks at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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Boston Globe: US To Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. ‘‘Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place,’’ Obama said in explaining his decision at a press conference after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s first visit to the White House since his election six months ago.

Obama added that the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year. Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil. The original plan was to cut the U.S. force to 5,500 by the end of this year. ‘‘This visit is an opportunity to begin a new chapter between our two nations,’’ Obama said after meeting with Ghani in the Oval Office.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice listen during the press conference

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry greets Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah prior to joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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U.S. President Obama reacts to comment by Afghanistan President Ghani during joint news conference at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Obama and Afghanistan President Ghani depart a joint news conference at the White House in Washington




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