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The Obama Administration: September 1-15, 2010

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This article is the fortieth in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

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"This Labor Day, we are reminded that we didn't become the most prosperous country in the world by rewarding greed and recklessness. We did it by rewarding hard work and responsibility. We did it by recognizing that we rise or we fall together as one nation one people all of us vested in one another."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in his Weekly Address, September 4, 2010

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Day585/Sep1st/Wednesday: The President was briefed via telephone by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate on the preparations for potential impacts of Hurricane Earl on the East Coast and New England. Readout

The President met with Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the Oval Office of the White House. Remarks by President Obama & Prime Minister Netanyahu after Bilateral Meeting Video

The President met with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the Oval Office.

The President met with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office. Readout

The President met with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the Oval Office. Readout

The President delivered a statement to the press in the Rose Garden, announcing the
Israelis and Palestinians, after nearly two years, would relaunch direct talks starting September 2, 2010, ""intended to resolve all final status issues. The goal is a settlement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security with a Jewish state of Israel and its other neighbors." Transcript Video

The President hosted a working dinner for the visiting leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House.

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The President and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt delivered statements to the press in the East Room of the White House. Transcript Video

The President declared an emergency existed in the State of North Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Earl beginning on September 1, 2010, and continuing, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts for the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties. Specifically, FEMA was authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, were provided at 75 percent Federal funding. Source

The President proclaimed September 2010 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and encouraged all Americans to take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all of the children of the United States. Source

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