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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2010

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The President proclaimed May 16 through May 22, 2010, as Emergency Medical Services Week. Source

The President traveled to Buffalo, New York, where he met with a group of family members of the victims of Continental Connection Flight 3407, which crashed on February 12, 2009, during its approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The President toured the facilities of Industrial Support Inc., a manufacturing services company, delivered remarks on the economy and took questions from workers and small businesses in the audience. Transcript Video Raw Video

The President delivered remarks at the Real Time Crime Center in New York, New York. Transcript

The President delivered remarks at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fund-raising dinner in New York, New York. Transcript

Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Shane Terblanche, General Manager of the Navistar Modec Electric Vehicle Alliance at Navistar International Corporation, and the rest of the Indiana-based Navistar electric truck team to congratulate them on shipping the first electric vehicle produced as a result of the $2.4 billion in Recovery Act advanced battery and electric drive grant awards made last year. Source

The United States Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board announced the first government-wide system to move to the Cloud. It is moving to the cloud, Cloud computing is a new model for delivering computing resources, such as networks, servers, storage, or software applications. Cloud users access computing power from a pool of shared resources. Source

White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass announced the "Chefs Move to Schools" program an opportunity for chefs around the country to adopt a local school to help solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. "Chefs Move to Schools" would pair chefs with schools in their communities to bring fun to fruits and vegetables, and teach kids about food, nutrition and cooking in an engaging way. And by working with school food service employees, administrators and teacher's chefs could help deliver these messages from the cafeteria to the classroom. Source

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The Obama Administration announced its decision to join the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations aimed at fostering greater cross-cultural understanding. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters that the United States will, for the first time, attend an alliance gathering when Brazil hosts the next forum in Rio de Janeiro on May 28-29, 2010. Source

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced raids on several locations in the northeastern United States as part of an investigation into the failed May 1, 2010 Times Square car bombing. Two individuals encountered during the searches were taken into federal custody in connection with immigration violations. Source

United States District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Henry H. Kennedy,Jr. ordered the Obama Administration to take ""all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps"forthwith" to release Ravil Mingazov, 42, a former Russian Army ballet dancer turned devout Muslim who was captured in Pakistan in 2002 and turned over to U.S. forces. Source

Day476/May14th/Friday: The President delivered remarks at a ceremony honoring the 2010 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award winners in the Rose Garden of the White House. Transcript Video

The President met with members of his Cabinet and other senior Administration officials to determine the next steps in the ongoing effort to stop the Deepwater BP oil spill, contain its spread, and help affected communities.

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The President delivered remarks on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the Rose Garden. Transcript Video

The President concluded the actions and policies of the Government of Burma continued to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and he continued the national emergency declared on May 20, 1997, and the measures adopted on that date, on July 28, 2003, in Executive Order 13310, on October 18, 2007, in Executive Order 13448, and on April 30, 2008, in Executive Order 13464 to deal with that emergency beyond May 20, 2010. Source Message on Burma

The President signed into law:

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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