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The Obama Administration: August 1-17, 2011

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This article is the 62nd 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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" Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a AAA country ."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in response to Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, August 8, 2011

 

Day923/Aug1st/Monday: The President met with United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke in the Oval Office of the White House. Source

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The President consulted with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Stephen Ford in the Oval Office, reiterating his strong condemnation of the Syrian regime's outrageous use of violence against its own people and reaffirming the support of the United States of the Syrian people's demands for universal rights and a democratic transition. Source

The Obama Administration announced that, starting in 2013, most health insurance plans must provide free contraceptives to women. Source: CBS Evening News

 

Day924/Aug2nd/Tuesday: The President met with the AFL-CIO Executive Committee in the East Room of the White House to discuss issues important to working families, including how to continue growing the United States economy and putting Americans back to work. Source

The President delivered remarks from the Rose Garden of the White House on the United States Congress passage of a national debt reduction/debt limit elevation bill. Transcript Video

The President met with the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the U.S. Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 26 in the Oval Office of the White House. Source

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The President met with United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oval Office. Source

The President signed into law S. 365, the "Budget Control Act of 2011," which provided for authority to increase the public debt limit by between $2.1 trillion and $2.4 trillion; established discretionary spending limits for FYs 2012-2021; required the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to each vote on passage of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and established a congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Source

The President sent this message to the United States Congress:

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