Statement on Iraq 08-07-14

 Posted by at 21:47  Iraq, Politics
Aug 072014

President Obama addressed the nation this evening about the current situation in Iraq. He has authorized aid to the victims of the terrorist group currently taking control of much of that nation and has also authorized “limited” air strikes against those terrorists if the safety of United States personnel is threatened.

Under no circumstances, he stated, will there again be U.S. “boots on the ground.” We will not fight another war in Iraq.

The full transcript of the President’s statement follows the break.

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Weekly Address 08-02-14

 Posted by at 10:22  Politics
Aug 022014

“It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month – the longest streak since 1997. To ensure this momentum can be sustained, the President is pressing Congress to act to create jobs and expand opportunity from raising the minimum wage, to helping people pay back their student loans, to fair pay and paid leave. These are steps that would continue to make things better for the middle class, which has always been his priority. But Republicans in Congress have repeatedly blocked these important measures.

As Congress is about to go on vacation, the President encouraged Americans to reach out to their elected officials and let them know that they must pass these measures when Congress returns to session. And in their absence, the President will continue to do everything he can, working with all stakeholders who are willing, to create jobs, strengthen our economy, and expand opportunity for all Americans.

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Transcript after the break.

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