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US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) seated alongside Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and Democratic Senator Tom Harkin (R) of Iowa
First Lady Michelle Obama met today with Members of Congress and Cabinet Secretaries in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House. Discussing her childhood obesity initiative and steps that families, schools and communities can take to fight it.
First Lady Michelle Obama: “I want to begin just by thanking you all for taking the time to come and join us today.
As you are probably now more than aware, we’re in the process of launching a nationwide effort to dealing with the obesity epidemic in this country. And as you’ve seen, as I’ve been out there, as a parent, this is an issue that I care deeply about and I’ve spoken about in a very personal level. But I’ve learned that there are many parents around this country who are struggling with this issue, who are concerned about it and are looking for ways to help.
But one of the good news — pieces about this challenge is that this problem is imminently solvable, and that’s the good news. But it’s going to require us working together — not just the administration, but Congress, governors, mayors, parents, teachers. Anyone who has access to children in their lives is going to have to work together. And one of the things that’s also very clear is that this problem won’t be solved by any single federal solution. This is going to require national action.
So I’m very excited about the conversation that we’re going to have. The initiative that’s going to launch is really going to look at four key areas. And I talked about these before, but we’re going to try to increase the number of healthy schools in this country. We’re going to work hard to increase the level of regular physical activity that kids are getting in this country. One of the tougher challenges that we need to look at is improving the accessibility and affordability of foods because there are many food deserts in this nation, which makes it difficult for families trying to access good options. And we also want to do more to empower consumers to make better choices in their own lives.”
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President Obama and Cabinet members share their perspectives on their bimonthly meetings in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video.
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Clean Energy Economy Forum with Youth Leaders: Live Chat Break Out Session
December 02, 2009 5:45 PM EST
Clean Energy Economy Forum with Youth Leaders: Closing Session
December 02, 2009 7:00 PM EST
Clean Energy Economy Forum with youth leaders from around the country at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar , Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, and other Administration officials will reiterate the need for a comprehensive energy plan that puts America back in control of its energy future.
Climate Crossroads Blog
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“Not Open Ended…” (9 years later)
President Barack Obama has issued orders for the implementation of his Afghanistan strategy to military officials and cabinet members, spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Monday.
“The Commander in Chief delivered the orders,” said Gibbs, adding that the calls went out from the Oval Office between 5 and 6 p.m on Sunday afternoon, communicating his strategy to allied world leaders. Obama is slated to meet with roughly 30 select members of Congress to discuss his plans on Tuesday. And the president is set to meet on Monday with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in addition to hosting phone conversations with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.
Obama’s strategy is believed to include an escalation of approximately 30,000 troops in the nine-year-long war. Gibbs added that in Obama’s Tuesday night speech detailing the Afghanistan strategy to the American public, the president will stress that America’s commitment to the war is not open-ended.
Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
LiveStream: The White House
November 30, 2009 1:00 PM EST
November 30, 2009 1:15 PM EST
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An Open Letter To President Obama From Michael Moore
Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night ( and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike.
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Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the individuals below to key administration posts.
President Obama said, “The American people will be well-served by the experience and expertise these individuals bring to their respective roles. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
- Erin C. Conaton, Under Secretary of the Air Force, Department of Defense
- Cynthia Attwood, Member, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
- Sandford Blitz, Federal Co-Chair, Northern Border Regional Commission
- Douglas A. Criscitello, Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development
President Obama will also appoint two individuals to serve on the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.
- Emil Fish, Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad
- Larry Pressler, Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad
Their full bios can be found at
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with senior counselors for three hours Wednesday to launch his review of Afghan war strategy, amid indications that his defense secretary — the key link between the White House and the military — is among those undecided about the right approach.
In an interview Wednesday, a senior defense official said that Defense Secretary Robert Gates now worries that counterinsurgency might no longer be a viable approach for countering the Taliban violence roiling once-stable parts of north and west Afghanistan.
Mr. Gates, a Bush administration holdover, has emerged as one of Mr. Obama’s most trusted advisers, so his views carry significant weight in the deliberations.
“Even 40,000 more troops don’t give you enough boots on the ground to protect the Afghans if the north and west continue to deteriorate,” the official said. “That may argue for a different approach.”
A shift in Mr. Gates’s thinking would be particularly striking because he has long been a major advocate of counterinsurgency, which is credited with helping to sharply reduce Iraq’s once-unrelenting violence. Full Story Here
Afghan Strategy Questioned