Posts Tagged ‘President

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 Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military.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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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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22
Jul
16

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speak to the media during a news conference

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President Brack Obama speaks during a meeting with law enforcement officials in the Eisonhower Executive Office Building

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22
Jul
16

A Rose For The President

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Pete Souza: President Obama smells a rose given to him by Sophia Ahmadi, 2, during the Eid al-Fitr reception yesterday.

22
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

20
Jul
16

The President’s Op-Ed On Merrick Garland

19
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

12:45PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Press Briefing

3:45PM: President Obama meets with Attorney General Lynch and FBI Director Comey

4:45PM: President Obama meets with Defense Secretary Carter

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18
Jul
16

The President’s Day

Vietnam War veteran Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama after he was presented with the Medal of Honor at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Medal of Honor ceremony for Vietnam War veteran Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles, not pictured, at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama points to cameras after presenting the Medal of Honor to retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles(L) listen as the citation is read during a presents the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles during a Medal of Honor ceremony for the Vietnam War veteran at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

US President Barack Obama stands with retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles after presenting him with the Medal of Homor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles after presenting him with the Medal of Homor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama stands with retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, after presenting him with the Medal Of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles during a Medal of Honor ceremony for the Vietnam War veteran at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama shares a laugh with retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, after presenting him with the Medal Of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles after presenting him with the Medal of Homor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

17
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: President Obama speaks at a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on July 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama remarked on the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which three officers were killed and three more wounded by armed suspects. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama makes a statement about a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: President Obama speaks at a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on July 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama remarked on the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which three officers were killed and three more wounded by armed suspects. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

16
Jul
16

Chat Away

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Even during trying times, the connection between President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is a beautiful sight to witness

15
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama speaks about the truck attack in Nice, France while addressing ambassadors to the United States during reception in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama strongly condemned a "repugnant" proposal by a top Republican to test every Muslim living in the United States and deport whoever believes in sharia law, following the deadly truck attack in Nice. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks about the truck attack in Nice, France while addressing ambassadors to the United States during reception in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama decried the deadly truck attack in Nice as a "tragic and appalling" on freedom and pledged firm US support for France. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks about the truck attack in Nice, France while addressing ambassadors to the United States during a reception. He strongly condemned a “repugnant” proposal by Newt Gingrich to test every Muslim living in the United States and deport whoever believes in sharia law

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: US President Barack Obama talks about yesterday's terrorist attack in Nice, France that killed 84 people, during a reception for the Diplomatic Corps in the East Room at the White House on July 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: US President Barack Obama talks about yesterday's terrorist attack in Nice, France that killed 84 people, during a reception for the Diplomatic Corps in the East Room at the White House on July 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (L) and French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud shake hands during reception for the diplomatic corps in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke to the diplomatic corp calling the deadly truck attack in Nice as a "tragic and appalling" on freedom and pledged firm US support for France. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud shake hands during a reception for the diplomatic corps




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