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The Obama Administration: October 18-31, 2011

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This article is the 67th 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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"A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward. So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, October 21, 2011

 

 

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Day1001/Oct18th/Tuesday: the President, on the second day of his American Jobs Act bus tour, traveled to Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina, where he held a roundtable meeting with and delivered remarks (transcript) to educators, then delivered remarks (transcript) to faculty and students. Video

The President traveled to Greensville County High School in Emporia, Virginia, where he delivered remarks. Transcript Video

The President declared a major disaster existed in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ordered Federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Maria during the period of September 8-14, 2011. Federal funding was made available to affected individuals in the municipalities of Juana DÃaz, Naguabo, and Yabucoa, 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 on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth. Source

The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Gina K. Ambercrombie-Winstanley , of Ohio, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Malta bio

Alfredo J. Balsera , of Florida, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2014 bio

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Julissa Reynoso , of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay bio

Wendy M. Spencer , of Florida, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service bio

Robert E. Whitehead , of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Togolese Republic bio Source

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

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