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The Obama Administration: August 17-31, 2011

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This article is the 63rd 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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"We'll also recall how the worst terrorist attack in American history brought out the best in the American people.  How Americans lined up to give blood.  How volunteers drove across the country to lend a hand.  How schoolchildren donated their savings.  How communities, faith groups and businesses collected food and clothing. We were united, and the outpouring of generosity and compassion reminded us that in times of challenge, we Americans move forward together, as one people."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in his Weekly Address, August 27, 2011

 

Day940/Aug18th/Thursday: The President met with Senior Economic Advisors in the Oval Office of the White House. Source

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The President met with his National Security Team in the Situation Room of the White House. Source

The President issued an Executive Order and, in a released statement , announced his Administration's, "... unprecedented sanctions to deepen the financial isolation of the Assad regime and further disrupt its ability to finance a campaign of violence against the Syrian people. I have signed a new Executive Order requiring the immediate freeze of all assets of the Government of Syria subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in any transaction involving the Government of Syria. This E.O. also bans U.S. imports of Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products; prohibits U.S. persons from having any dealings in or related to Syria's petroleum or petroleum products; and prohibits U.S. persons from operating or investing in Syria. We expect today's actions to be amplified by others ." Fact Sheet on Syria

The President issued an Executive Order: ESTABLISHING A COORDINATED GOVERNMENT-WIDE INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE, that directed executive departments and agencies (agencies) to develop and implement a more comprehensive, integrated, and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion as a key component of their human resources strategies, including a continuing effort to identify and adopt best practices, implemented in an integrated manner, to promote diversity and remove barriers to equal employment opportunity, consistent with merit system principles and applicable law.

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding during the period of April 25 to July 7, 2011. Federal funding was made available to state 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 flooding in the parishes of Assumption, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Lafourche, Madison, Point Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, and West Feliciana. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President departed for a ten-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

The Obama Administration announced it would postpone the deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records and allow them to apply for work permits as it reviews over 300,000 cases. The case review only affected those undocumented immigrants already in line for deportation proceedings, and not the vast majority of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Source

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Day941/Aug19th/Friday: The President vacationed at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

The week's West Wing Week was released.

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

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