White House Recap November 19-25, 2011: The Obama Presidency’s Weekly Recap — Thankgiving at the White House & Turkey Pardon

WHITE HOUSE RECAP

WHITE HOUSE RECAP: NOVEMBER 19-25, 2011

West Wing Week

The President wrapped up an 8 day tour in the Asia Pacific region, signed legislation to help our veterans find jobs, urged Congress to cut payroll taxes, and pardoned two turkeys. That’s November 18th to November 24th or “Your Best You.”

West Wing Week

West Wing Week: 11/24/11 or “Your Best You”

Source: WH, 11-24-11

This week, the President wrapped up an 8 day tour demonstrating American leadership and opening up economic opportunity for America in the Asia Pacific region. Upon his return he signed legislation to help our veterans find jobs, traveled to New Hampshire to urge Congress to cut payroll taxes for workers and small businesses, and pardoned two turkeys. That’s November 18th to November 24th or “Your Best You.”

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Full Text November 11-19, 2011: President Obama’s Asia Pacfic Tour — Trip to Hawaii, Australia, Indonesia

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President’s 2011 Asia Pacific Trip

Source: WH, 11-11

  • November 11th: President Obama attends the Carrier Classic in honor of Veterans Day.
  • November 12th: President Obama speaks before the first session of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
  • November 13th: President Obama makes remarks and takes questions about progress made at the APEC summit.
  • November 16th: President Obama meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
  • November 17th: President Obama gives an address before the Australian Parliament.
  • November 17th: President Obama speaks to Australian troops and U.S. Marines.
  • November 18th: President Obama attends the East Asia Summit in Indonesia.
  • November 19th: President Obama returns to the United States.

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

  • November 19, 2011 at 5:30 AM EST

    Weekly Address: Creating an Economy Built to Last

    From Indonesia, President Obama talks about his administration’s work opening up markets to support thousands of American jobs and keep us on track to double American exports by 2014.

  • November 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM EST

    President Obama at the East Asia Summit

    In Indonesia, President Obama was able to announce business deals with countries in the Pacific that will help support 127,000 American jobs.

  • November 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM EST

    By the Numbers: 150 Percent

    Trade with nations in the Asia Pacific region has grown by 150 percent since 1994.

  • November 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST

    On the Road with the President

    We’ll be back next week with a special edition of West Wing Week, but for now, check out a few clips from the road.

  • November 17, 2011 at 1:05 PM EST

    President Obama Addresses the Australian Parliament

    The President discussed America’s future and what that means for the Pacific.

  • November 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM EST

    Expanded Military Ties in Australia

    When President Obama met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday, they announced plans for the first sustained American military presence in Australia.

  • November 15, 2011 at 7:15 PM EST

    Renewing Ties in the Pacific

    When President Obama touches down in Australia, he’ll arrive with two major goals: strengthening our relationships and promoting security in the Pacific.

  • November 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM EST

    The First Lady in Hawaii for APEC

    This weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the President in Hawaii to help host the conference of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders.

Full Text November 19, 2011: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address on Creating Jobs by Opening Foreign Markets & Doubling American Exports

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

Weekly Address: Creating an Economy Built to Last

Source: WH, 11-19-11
From Indonesia, President Obama talks about his administration’s work opening up markets to support thousands of American jobs and keep us on track to double American exports by 2014.

President Obama tapes the Weekly Address
President Obama tapes the Weekly Address, White House Photo, Pete Souza, 11/18/11

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POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Creating an Economy Built to Last

In this week’s address, President Obama spoke from Indonesia and told the American people that during his trip to the Asia Pacific, he has made progress opening up markets to support thousands of American jobs and keep us on track to double American exports by 2014.  The President’s trip underscores his belief that our businesses will always be successful competing around the world and that he will continue to do everything possible to create jobs for the American people.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
Bali, Indonesia
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today, I’m speaking to you from Indonesia as I finish up my trip to the Asia Pacific – the region where we do most of our trade and sell most of our exports.  And over the past week, the progress we’ve made in opening markets and boosting exports here will help create more jobs and more growth in the United States.

Here in Indonesia, I was proud to join leaders from some of our nation’s top companies as they announced trade deals that will support nearly 130,000 American jobs and potentially increase U.S. exports by up to $39 billion.  Boeing, for example, will sell more than 200 planes to Indonesia that are built with parts from suppliers in more than 40 states.  And a deal to export GE engines will support jobs at plants in Ohio and North Carolina.

These agreements will help us reach my goal of doubling American exports by 2014 – a goal we’re on pace to meet.  And they’re powerful examples of how we can rebuild an economy that’s focused on what our country has always done best – making and selling products all over the world that are stamped with three proud words:  “Made In America.”

This is important, because over the last decade, we became a country that relied too much on what we bought and consumed.  We racked up a lot of debt, but we didn’t create many jobs at all.

If we want an economy that’s built to last and built to compete, we have to change that.  We have to restore America’s manufacturing might, which is what helped us build the largest middle-class in history.  That’s why we chose to pull the auto industry back from the brink, saving hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process.  And that’s why we’re investing in the next generation of high-tech, American manufacturing.

But building an economy that lasts isn’t just about making things – it’s about opening new markets for people to buy them.  After all, 95% of the world’s consumers live outside our borders.  And as the fastest-growing region in the world, no market is more important to our economic future than the Asia Pacific – a region where our exports already support five million American jobs.

This is why we recently signed a landmark trade agreement with South Korea that will support tens of thousands of American jobs.  And it’s why I traveled here this week.  In Hawaii, I hosted leaders from across the Asia Pacific, and we agreed to make it easier for American companies to do business overseas.  I also worked with President Medvedev of Russia to pursue trade that would increase exports and jobs for American manufacturers and farmers.  And working with other leaders, we made progress toward our most ambitious trade agreement yet – a partnership with Pacific nations that holds the potential for more exports and more jobs in a region of nearly three billion consumers.

We may be going through tough times, but as I’ve said time and time again, the United States still has the world’s most dynamic economy, the finest universities, the most innovative companies, and the hardest-working people on Earth.  We can compete against anybody – and we can win.  As President, I intend to make sure that happens by doing everything I can to give American workers and businesses the chance to succeed.

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