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 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 www.whitehouse.gov/commencement 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:
1) United States National Technical Means, in conjunction with the verification activities provided for in the New START Treaty, are sufficient to ensure effective monitoring of Russian compliance with the provisions of the New START Treaty and timely warning of any Russian preparation to break out of the limits in Article II of the New START Treaty
2) The New START Treaty does not require, at any point during which it will be in force, the United States to provide to the Russian Federation telemetric information of (a) any missile defense interceptor, as defined in paragraph 44 of Part One of the Protocol to the New START Treaty; (b) any satellite launches, missile defense sensor targets, and missile defense intercept targets, the launch of which uses the first stage of an existing type of United States intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) listed in paragraph 8 of Article III of the New START Treaty; or (c) any missile described in clause (a) of paragraph 7 of Article III of the New START Treaty.
3) The President's intention to (a) modernize or replace the triad of strategic nuclear delivery systems: a heavy bomber and air-launched cruise missile, an ICBM, and a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) and SLBM; and (b) maintain the United States rocket motor industrial base. Readout
The President met with United States Senator John McCain in the Oval Office.