President Obama’s White House Update
Posted by African Press International on May 25, 2013
This week, President Obama responded to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. He is scheduled to travel to the Oklahoma City area on Sunday, May 26th and continues to receive updates and provide all available resources to support state and local partners.
Along with Vice President Biden, Valerie Jarrett, and Cecilia Munoz, President Obama met with young immigrants, also known as DREAMers, as well as with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants in the Oval Office. The meeting was an important opportunity for them to hear directly from people whose families are impacted by our nation’s broken immigration system.
Also this week, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a concert in the East Room honoring singer-songwriter Carole King, the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The President also announced that he will award a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut to travel to space.
As the President said, “We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women.” You can read the President’s full statement below.
Best wishes to all for a safe Memorial Day Weekend with friends and family. We extend our deepest thanks to all of you who serve, or have friends and family who serve in our armed forces. Thank you so much for all that you do, each and every day, for our country.
President Obama Responds to the Tornadoes in Oklahoma
President Barack Obama receives a briefing on the ongoing response to the devastating tornadoes and severe weather that impacted Oklahoma, in the Oval Office May 21, 2013. The President meets with, from left: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator; Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama continues to receive updates on the response to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, and continues to direct his team to provide all available resources to support state and local partners leading the response.
More than 400 federal personnel remain on the ground in the impacted area, including teams that are working directly with families and individuals who were affected by the tornadoes. As of last night, more than 2,200 individuals impacted by the tornadoes had registered with FEMA for direct assistance available through the major disaster declaration provided Monday night. (For those in affected areas, find out how to apply for assistance here or learn about other resources available to you)
According to FEMA, since Monday night, the national Urban Search and Rescue teams completed searches of more than 1,200 structures in the affected area.
FEMA and federal partners have established an Incident Support Base to stage commodities. More than 127,000 liters of water and nearly 30,000 meals have been delivered to the state to support response efforts.
President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Katherine Archuleta as Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Katherine Archuleta as Director of the Office of Personnel Management:
“Katherine brings to the Office of Personnel Management broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people. I am grateful Katherine has agreed to serve, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years.”