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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2010

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Day470/May8th/Saturday: In his Weekly Address, the President spoke of the benefits in health insurance reform kicking in for young adults, retirees, and families, and of more benefits coming down the pike. Transcript Video

Day471/May9th/Sunday: The President spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by telephone as part of his ongoing engagement with European leaders with regard to the economic situation there. They discussed the importance of the members of the European Union taking resolute steps to build confidence in the markets. Source

The President spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of his ongoing engagement with European leaders about the economic situation there. They agreed on the importance of Europe taking resolute action to build confidence in the markets. Source

The President delivered the commencement address at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Transcript Video

Day472/May10th/Monday: The President met with members of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President announced in the East Room of the White House his nomination of United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan for Justice of the United States Supreme Court, which he sent to the United States Senate. Transcript Video

The President met with a number of Cabinet members and senior staff in the White House Situation Room to review BP efforts to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as well as to decide on next steps to ensure all is being done to contain the spread, mitigate the environmental impact and provide assistance to affected states, including individuals, businesses, and communities. Source

The President met with United States Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President met with United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in the Oval Office.

The President issued an Executive Order establishing within the U.S. Department of State a temporary organization to be known as the Iraq Strategic Partnership Office, the purpose of which to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies in facilitating the strategic partnership between the U.S. Government and the Republic of Iraq, in further securing and stabilizing the country, and in continuing an effective diplomatic presence in Iraq. Source

The President expressed his sadness of the death of entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Source

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) summoned the heads of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and 6 other exchanges, and agreement was reached in principle on new trading rules, which would establish a "circuit-breaker" system for stocks that would slow down trading during periods of intense volatility. Source: CBS Evening News, May 10, 2010.

United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Lewis A. Kaplan ruled Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, charged with helping in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa while he was an aide to Osama bin Laden, cannot use allegations of torture by the CIA to dismiss the indictment. Source

Day473/May11th/Tuesday: The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry in the Oval Office.

The President met with United States Senator Patrick Leahy in the Oval Office.

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.
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Disasters of wind, flood, earthquake and oil. Fina... by Robert Arend on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:15:41 PM
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