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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2011

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This article is the 56th 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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" Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body ."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, May 1, 2011

 

Day831/May1st/Sunday: The President announced from the East Room of the White House, " Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body." Transcript Video

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The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Tennessee and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding during the period of April 25-28, 2011. Federal funding was made available to affected individuals in the counties of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, and Washington; including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding was also made available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in the counties of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, and Washington for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

Day832/May2nd/Monday: The President, in the East Room of the White House, awarded Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano, U.S. Army, and Private First Class Henry Svehla, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Transcript Video

The President submitted the Protocols to the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty and the South Pacific Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification. Message on African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty (pdf)   Message on South Pacific Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty (pdf)

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Arkansas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and associated flooding beginning on April 23, 2011, and continuing. Federal funding was made available to affected individuals in the counties of Benton, Clay, Faulkner, Garland, Lincoln, Pulaski, Randolph, and Saline; including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding was also made available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Benton, Clay, Faulkner, Garland, Lincoln, Pulaski, Randolph, and Saline for emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a group of bipartisan leaders and ranking members and their spouses for a dinner in the East Room. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, members of the President's Cabinet and senior members of his White House staff also attended.   Transcript of the President's Remarks Video

The White House announced Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee was the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. Vice President Joseph Biden telephoned Principal Alisha Kiner to tell her the school had won. The school won the prize of having President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker. Source Video

Day833/May3rd/Tuesday: The President honored the 2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer , an AP chemistry teacher at Urbana High School in Maryland, and State Teachers of the Year in the Rose Garden of the White House. Transcript Video

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The President held a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Source

The President met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the State Dining Room of the White House on the importance of fixing the broken immigration system of the United States. Readout

The President telephoned   Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada to congratulate Harper on his victory in the May 2, 2011 Canadian national elections. The President renewed his commitment to the Beyond the Border Declaration he and   Harper had announced February 4, 2011 and to the work of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. Source

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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