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Thursday, October 27, 2016

President Obama Campaigns for Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States last June, and has campaigned for her vigorously throughout the campaign season.

The president is joined by other Democratic leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden, US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Here is a video of their efforts:

Here is more information about the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

President Obama Reflects on 9/11 today at the Pentagon

President Barack Obama offered his reflections on the United States America and the 9/11 terrorist attack at a memorial service at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

Addressing the survivors and the family members of those who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001, as well as public officials, members of the military and the general public,  President Obama said,

"It is so important today that we reaffirm our character as a nation of people drawn from every corner of the world, every color, every religion, every background, bound by a creed as old as our founding — E Pluribus Unum — out of many, we are one."

Here is President Obama's entire speech.

Earlier this week, President Obama's Weekly Address was, Upholding the Legacy of Those We Lost on 9/11. Here is the video:

Monday, September 5, 2016

President Obama's Weekly Address: Building upon the Legacy of Labor

President Barack Obama devoted his weekly address to the nation on "The Legacy of Labor."


President Obama commemorated Labor Day by highlighting the economic progress made over the course of his administration.  He cited his efforts to "raise the minimum wage, fought for worker safety and the right to organize.

"I'm the first to say we've get more work in the years ahead.  Too many working folks still feel left behind, by an economy that is constantly changing," the president said.

President Obama said if the United States is going to "restore the sense that hard work is rewarded with a fair shot to get ahead, we must build on the legacy of those who came before us – that means exercising our right to speak up in the workplace, to join a union, and to vote."

Happy Labor Day. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Selects Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as VP Running Mate

Image courtesy of Hillary Clinton campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has selected US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her Vice-Presidential candidate.

The announcement was made today in a text message to her supporters, followed by a tweet, which read, "Tim Kaine is a relentless optimist who believes that no problem is unsolvable if you put the work in to solve it."

According to his official biography:

"Tim grew up working in his father’s iron working shop in Kansas City. He was educated at the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School and started his public service career by taking a year off from Harvard to run a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. After law school, he practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation of people who had been denied housing due to their race or disability. He also began teaching part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.

"Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of Richmond. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006."

The Clinton-Kaine ticket will be unveiled at the Democratic National Convention, which takes place in Philadelphia on August 25-28, 2016. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden Makes First Official Visit to Ireland

Dublin Castle, June 24, 2016. Official White House photo by David Lienemann.

Vice President Joe Biden made his first official visit to Ireland this week, arriving at Dublin International Airport on June 21 with his family.

Prior to the trip, Vice President Biden wrote:

"I'm going back to Ireland -- the country from which my ancestors hailed, and a country whose independence the Easter Rising set in motion, 100 years ago this year. It is my first dedicated trip to this nation as Vice President -- during which I'll meet with the country's leaders, discuss issues of trade, economic recovery, migration and refugee policy, and other national security challenges, and celebrate our shared heritage. Our shared values of tolerance. Diversity. Inclusiveness."

The White House posted a daily blog on Vice President Biden's trip.
In addition, Vice President Biden took questions from the community and from Americans across the country.  

The trip was also documented on twitter, hashtag:  #BideninIreland

Thursday, June 9, 2016

President Barack Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton as Next President of the United States

President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States on June 9, 2016.

 "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," President Obama said. "She's got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get this job done."

Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State during the Obama Administration and also served as the First Lady during the Administration of President William J. Clinton.  She was the US Senator from New York and also the First Lady of Arkansas.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

President Obama Visits Cuba and Argentina to Normalize Relations and Encourage Future Collaboration

President Barack Obama arrived in Havana,Cuba today, the first sitting American president to visit the country in 90 years.

A number of members of Congress joined him, including Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Congressmen Jim McGovern and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, as well a contingent of business leaders.

Public opinion polls over the past year have shown an increasing support to end the Cuban trade embargo and change course on U.S.-Cuba relations, according to Congressman McGovern. The most recent Pew poll showed 73% of the American people, including 59% of Republicans favor ending the trade embargo. 

The bi-partisan Congressional Working Group will now take leadership to match the growing public support for a new U.S. policy towards Cuba.

After spending two days in Cuba, the President travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he'll meet with President Mauricio Macri. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Presidential Proclamation -- Irish-American Heritage Month, 2016

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Hailing from the Emerald Isle, generations of Irishmen and women have helped shape the idea of America, overcoming hardship and strife through strength and sacrifice, faith and family. With an undying belief that tomorrow always yields a brighter day, Irish Americans symbolize the perpetual optimism that defines our country, and they have long embodied the truth at the heart of our promise -- that no matter who you are or where you come from, in America, you can make it if you try.
As we celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month, we recognize the Irish people's contributions to our country's dynamism, and we reaffirm the friendship and family ties between our two nations. For centuries, sons and daughters of Erin have come to America's shores, adding to our rich vibrancy and putting their full hearts into everything they do. From building our country's cities as preeminent architects and earnest laborers to building our national character as people of great joy and cherished culture, Irish Americans have endured intolerance and discrimination to find a place for themselves and their children here in the United States. While remembering the great Irish Americans of the past, we celebrate what forms the foundation of the lasting Irish-American story -- a shared embrace of hard work and humility, fairness and dignity, and a mutual quest to secure a freer and more peaceful future.
Today, the United States and Ireland enjoy a thriving and cooperative bond buoyed by a strong legacy of exchanges between our peoples. During Irish-American Heritage Month, let us pay tribute to the extraordinary mark Irish Americans have made on our Nation, and let us look forward to continued collaboration, friendship, and partnership between our countries.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2016 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

President Obama Condemns Paris Bombing Attacks

President Barack Obama condemned the terrorist attacks on Paris and vowed the support of the United States to support France.

"This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people of France.  This is an attack on humanity and the universal values we share," the President said at a new conference at the White House.

"France is our oldest ally.  The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again.  We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism."

See the video here.

Read the full statement of President Obama here.

Here is s statement by Vice President Joe Biden

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gary Hart is new US Envoy to Northern Ireland, Says John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry named former Colorado Senator Gary Hart as the new representative for Northern Ireland issues.   Kerry said Hart will play a "direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role."

In a statement released on October 21, 2014, Secretary Kerry said, "I've asked Senator Hart to support the parties in Northern Ireland as they enter a new round of talks to achieve a lasting peace. We welcome these new talks, supported by the United Kingdom and Ireland. I am confident Senator Hart will help the parties strengthen the institutions and economy of Northern Ireland, as well as reinvigorate efforts to promote a shared society. Our Consul General in Belfast Greg Burton will serve as Senator Hart’s deputy for his Northern Ireland work. Senator Hart expects to visit Belfast before the end of the month."

Here is the full statement.

Father Sean McManus, founder of the Irish National Caucus and long-time authority on Northern Ireland, applauded the appointment, saying, “I hope he can nudge all the parties in Northern Ireland along a progressive path. Most of all,  I hope  he can convince the two sovereign governments of London and Dublin to do their duty and keep the promises they have signed  in the international treaty of the Good Friday Agreement."

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley Sends Video Greeting to People of Ireland

Kevin F. O'Malley, the new US Ambassador to the Ireland appointed by President Barack Obama, issued a video greeting this week to the Irish people.

"I'm delighted to join you here in Ireland," O'Malley said in the video, adding that he would "look forward to building on the family, cultural and business ties we share between our two countries."

O'Malley was nominated by President Obama on June 5, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 18, 2014. Here is a biography of Ambassador O'Malley.

The US Embassy to Ireland is located at 42 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

United States and Ireland Celebrate 90 Years of Diplomatic Relations on October 7

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and the United States.  That was the day, in 1924, when "Professor Timothy Smiddy presented his credentials as Ambassador of the Irish Free State to U.S. President Calvin Coolidge," according to a new video issued by the Embassy of Ireland in the United States.

"America became the first country with whom we established diplomatic relations," noted Anne Anderson, Ireland's current Ambassador to the United States, in the video.

But it would take almost three more years before Washington and Dublin could enjoy a reciprocal diplomatic relation because of a lack of clarification about the "status of each one of the self-governing Dominions constituting the British Commonwealth," wrote The Boston Globe on August 21, 1927.  Once that obstacle was clarified, the United States soon after assigned career diplomat Frederick Sterling to serve as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Irish Free State.

Sterling, who had been stationed at the American Embassy in London, arrived in Ireland on July 25, 1927.  The Boston Globe reported: "A glorious summer evening with clear skies and sunshine bathing the hills was Ireland's greeting to Mr. Sterling as the mail boat, "Scotia," conveying him from Holyhead, sighted the Irish coast."

Find about more about the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC, USA.

Here is information about the Embassy of the United States in Dublin, Ireland.

Follow @Obama_IrishUSA on twitter.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

U.S. Senate Confims Kevin O'Malley as American Ambassador to Ireland

Kevin O'Malley, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, was confirmed for the postion by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

President Obama had nominated Mr. O'Malley on June 5, 2014.  O'Malley testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July.

The post had been empty for 21 months, last held by Dan Rooney, who held the job for over three years.

The U.S. Embassy in Ireland is located at 42 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kevin O'Malley, Nominee for US Ambassador to Ireland, Testifies Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Kevin O'Malley testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations this week about becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. It was part of a full day of hearings at the Capitol.

Here is Mr. O'Malley's full testimony.

O'Malley said, "Ireland is one of our most reliable allies and stable trading partners," adding that "Trade and investment ties between the United States and Ireland will be furthered strengthened if we can reach agreement on an ambitious Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership."

President Obama nominated O'Malley on June 5, 2014 to replace former U.S. Ambassador Dan Rooney, who retired in December 2012.

The U.S. Embassy in Ireland is located at 42 Elgin Road in Dublin's Ballsbridge neighborhood.  Find current activities on Facebook.

President Obama Speaks about Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama addressed the pressing issue of immigration reform on June 9, 2014, after meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry about the influx of children from Central America coming into the Rio Grande basin.

President Obama said  Congress must be "prepared to act in order to solve the problem.  I urged the Governor to talk to the Texas delegation is prepared to move" on the  supplemental legislation, "this problem could get solved."

Here is more information on the President's White  House policy on immigration reform.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

President Obama Nominates Kevin O'Malley of St. Louis as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama nominated Kevin F. O'Malley, a respected attorney in St. Louis and long-time supporter of the president, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United States.  The nomination was sent to the United States Senate on June 5, 2014 for confirmation.

Mr. O'Malley will fill the position last held by Daniel Rooney of Pittsburgh, PA, who left the post in December 2012.

Here is the White House's information on O'Malley  . :

Kevin F. O’Malley is an officer in the Litigation Department at Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a practicing trial lawyer for over 35 years.  Mr. O’Malley has been an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law since 2013, and taught at St. Louis University School of Law from 1979 to 1985.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis from 1979 to 1983 and was a Special Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice from 1974 to 1979.  In 2009, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Mr. O’Malley to the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.  Mr. O'Malley served as a legal instructor for the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative in Moscow in 1996 and Warsaw in 1999.  He received an A.B. and a J.D. from Saint Louis University.

Find out more about the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland on facebook.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Statement from John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

Here is a statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding St. Patrick's Day:

The American people join Irish people all over the world in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

Today, we look back with pride on Irish contributions to America’s history and cultural heritage. But we also look forward as Irish immigrants continue to renew America and remind us of our common roots. President Obama said it best: “There’s always been a little green behind the red, white, and blue.” I couldn’t agree more. As a former Senator from Massachusetts, home to one of the largest Irish-American populations in our country, I hold a special appreciation of what Ireland means to America.

There are many Irish immigrants who have helped write America’s story with their incredible success. Today, we honor them and the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic who are supporting this vital relationship.

Our partnership is broader and deeper than ever before. We’re working together to promote civil society, science and technology, education, and entrepreneurship. We’re also forging new academic and professional partnerships and pursuing opportunities through delegations, such as the one led by Special Representative Drew O’Brien to Limerick and Belfast in January.

Our investments in peace and prosperity will continue to strengthen the bonds between Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United States, and promote economic growth in both our countries.

We often remark that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. In the words of Ireland’s great poets, to the island’s outsized place in world history, to the powerful example it sets for the world, there is a heritage for us all to celebrate.

On this joyous holiday, we offer the people of Ireland our warmest wishes and look forward to strengthening the Irish–American relationship for years to come.