Obama Gives It A Burl At Parliamentary Reception

President Obama has been welcomed to Australia, ahead of his address both houses of the parliament tomorrow morning.

At a reception in the Great Hall, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott spoke warmly of the US-Australian relationship. Obama responded with a humorous speech about language differences between the two countries. Giving it a burl, he said the relationship is in top nick.

Barack Obama speaks at a parliamentary reception in Canberra

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Obama And Gillard Hold Joint Press Conference In Canberra

President Obama and Prime Minister Gillard have held a joint press conference in Canberra at which they announced new US troop deployments to the Northern Territory.

Obama and Gillard at Canberra press conference

Obama welcomed “a rising, peaceful China” and said China’s rise came with responsibilities such as helping to underwrite rules for economic growth. He said that China and India need to do their share of fighting climate change.

Obama said the notion that the US fears China or wants to exclude it is “mistaken”, but he emphasised a “consistent theme” that China needs to rethink its approaches to trade.

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Obama’s Message To Australia

President Barack Obama has signed the Visitors Book in Parliament House.

Obama’s message read:

“To the People of Australia, with whom we have stood together for a century of progress and sacrifice. On this 60th anniversary of our alliance, we resolve that our bonds will never be broken, and our friendship will last for all time. Barack Obama.”

Obama's message in the Visitors Book at Parliament House

President Barack Obama Arrives In Canberra

United States President Barack Obama touched down in Canberra at 3.09pm this afternoon.

He was greeted by Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other officials at Canberra airport. Obama and Gillard are due to hold a press conference at 6pm.

Shortly after his arrival, Obama was welcomed at the Australian Parliament:

President Obama’s APEC Press Conference

Obama Calls On Congress To Pass Jobs Bill

President Barack Obama has delivered a speech on the economy and jobs to a joint session of the US Congress.

“Pass this jobs bill,” Obama implored the Congress, as he outlined a $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending.

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The following is a transcript of President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress about jobs and the economy, as provided by the White House.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:

Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that’s made things worse.

This past week, reporters have been asking, “What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, and the next election?”

But the millions of Americans who are watching right now, they don’t care about politics. They have real-life concerns. Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by — giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.

These men and women grew up with faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off. They believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share — where if you stepped up, did your job, and were loyal to your company, that loyalty would be rewarded with a decent salary and good benefits; maybe a raise once in a while. If you did the right thing, you could make it. Anybody could make it in America. [Read more…]

Obama Searches For Lost Apostrophe In Dublin

President Obama speaks in Dublin, IrelandPresident Barack Obama has delivered a rousing speech to a massive outdoor gathering in Dublin, Ireland.

Obama told the gathering that he came in search of the Irish apostrophe that was lost from his name.

In a speech filled with tributes to the Irish contribution to America, Obama assured his audience that Ireland’s future was assured, invoking his campaign slogan, “yes we can”.

In an equally rousing speech, the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny, introduced Obama as not merely a man who had lived the American dream: “He is the American dream.”

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Obama Announces US Has Found And Killed Osama bin Laden

President Barack Obama has announced that United States military forces have located and killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for 9/11.

Obama made the announcement in a televised address to the nation at 11.35pm, Washington time.

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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON OSAMA BIN LADEN

East Room – 11:35 P.M. EDT

Obama announces killing of Bin Laden

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. [Read more…]

President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Barack Obama Launches 2012 Re-Election Campaign

President Barack Obama has officially announced his bid for re-election in 2012.

The announcement came via this video posted on YouTube.

The election will take place on November 6, 2012. Obama’s term runs until January 20, 2013.

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