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The Obama Administration: April 1-15, 2011

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This article is the 54th 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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" They want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut that's paid for by asking 33 seniors each to pay $6,000 more in health costs. That's not right. And it's not going to happen as long as I'm President ."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, on the Republic plan to reduce government spending, April 13, 2011


Day767/Apr1st/Friday: T he President visited a UPS shipping facility in Landover, Maryland, where he viewed vehicles from AT&T, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon's clean fleets and delivered remarks to the companies' employees. Transcript Video Fact Sheet: National Clean Fleets Partnership

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The President met with Sudan Special Envoy Ambassador Princeton Lyman in the Oval Office of the White House. Readout

The President proclaimed April 2nd of each year as World Autism Awareness Day. Source

Vice President Joe Biden received the Order of Three Stars at the White House from Latvian President Valdis Zatlers, Latvia's highest honor. Source

The week's West Wing Week was released.


Day768/Apr2nd/Saturday: In his Weekly Address, the President discussed his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future to help free the United States from oil and boost the American economy. Transcript Video

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The President made separate telephone calls to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the ongoing negotiations on the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government. Source

The President, in a released statement , proclaimed, "Today, the American people honor those who were lost in the attack on the United Nations in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Once again, we extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed, and to the people of the nations that they came from. The desecration of any holy text, including the Koran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry. However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity. No religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people, and there is no justification for such a dishonorable and deplorable act. Now is a time to draw upon the common humanity that we share, and that was so exemplified by the UN workers who lost their lives trying to help the people of Afghanistan."

The United States Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) announced   the continuation through Earth Day 2012 of the 40-year-old Documerica Project that coordinated with freelance photographers to capture images of environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in America for a new generation. Photos would be featured on the EPA homepage starting April 15, 2011, and the new collection debuted in April 2012 alongside its 1970s counterpart. The website for the new Documerica Project: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1667216@N23/

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

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