The President met with Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, following the Crown Prince's meeting with National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon. The President welcomed King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's decision to end the State of National Safety early and the announcement that the national dialogue on reform would begin in July 2011. Source
The President and the First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a State Dinner in honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Rose Garden of the White House. The President presented Merkel with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Toast Remarks Video
Day869/June 8th/Wednesday: The President spoke with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai via video teleconference. The two leaders spoke for approximately one hour and discussed a number of topics, including the impact of the death of Osama Bin Laden on the fight against terrorism and on regional dynamics, their shared commitment to Afghan-led reconciliation, progress on forging an enduring U.S.--Afghan strategic partnership, and transition to Afghan leadership for security. The President expressed his sorrow over tragic civilian casualties, most recently in Helmand province. Both leaders noted that the Taliban were responsible for the great majority of civilian losses, and agreed that every loss of civilian life was a tragedy and undermined a mission focused on protecting the population. The two leaders agreed to maintain their close consultations going forward. Source
The President traveled to Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria, Virginia, Campus and deliver remarks about the importance of training and preparing the workforce to compete for manufacturing jobs across the United States. Transcript Video
The President met with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria in the Oval Office of the White House. The President congratulated President Jonathan on the success of Nigeria's recent elections, and both discussed how the Jonathan Administration could build on that momentum by investing in Nigeria's energy supply, agricultural productivity, democratic institutions, and security sector. The President called on President Jonathan to make fighting corruption a national priority and a critical step in ensuring the necessary conditions for sustained economic growth and lasting prosperity. The President thanked President Jonathan for his leadership both regionally and within the U.N. Security Council o n pressing issues such as Sudan, Libya, and Cote d'Ivoire. Source
The President signed into law H.R. 754 , the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011," which authorized FY 2011 appropriations for U.S. intelligence-related activities, and established and amended various intelligence-related authorities. Source
The White House gathered a group of editors and writers from an array of personal finance and financial news websites for an afternoon of policy briefings and candid dialogue around ways to communicate more effecitvely with citizens online who were feeling their wallets pinched in the tough economic times. Much of the afternoon involved a variety of policy briefings from senior officials including Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) Chair Austan Goolsbee addressing the economic recovery, Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO) Aneesh Chopra, explaining the Startup America Partnership, policy advisor Heather Zichal, speaking to gas prices and the Administration's energy policy , Elizabeth Warren, providing a consumer protections update, and National Economic Council (NEC) Director Gene Sperling, covering fiscal policy. President Obama surprised the group by dropping by to welcome guests and take a few questions. Source
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