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The Obama Administration: February 1-14, 2011

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This article is the 50th 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.


"The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same ." Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, February 11, 2011


Day 708/Feb1st/Tuesday: The President held a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Readout

The President met with members of the Technology CEO Council in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to discuss competitiveness, education, innovation, and the need for strategic investments to create jobs, grow the economy and win the future. Readout

The President was briefed by phone by United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate regarding the ongoing preparations for the large winter storm that was forecasted to affect more than two dozen states by the end of the week. Readout

The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President delivered a statement from the Grand Foyer of the White House about the massive demonstrations of the Egyptian people who were calling upon their president, Hosni Mubarak , to resign. Transcript Video

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Maine and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, Tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of December 12-19, 2010. Federal funding was made available to State, Tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Aroostook, Piscataquis and Washington, and the Tribal lands of the Passamaquoddy Tribe located entirely within Washington County. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Tribes within the State. Source Video

The President proclaimed February 2011 as National African American History Month. Source

The White House opened applications to the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Students from public high schools across the country were invited to demonstrate how their school prepares them for college and a career by going to and submitting an application, the winning school to host President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker. Source


Day709/Feb 2nd/Wednesday: T he President signed the New Start Treaty in the Oval Office of the White House. In a message to the United States Senate, the President certified:

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