April 23, 2014

President Barack Obama Speech to 2011 AIPAC Policy Conference, May 22, 2011

10:56 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Good morning.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you.

What a remarkable, remarkable crowd.  Thank you, Rosy, for your very kind introduction.  I did not know you played basketball.  (Laughter.)  I will take your word for it.  (Laughter.)  Rosy, thank you for your many years of friendship.  Back in Chicago, when I was just getting started in national politics, I reached out to a lot of people for advice and counsel, and Rosy was one of the very first.  When I made my first visit to Israel, after entering the Senate, Rosy, you were at my side every step of that profound journey through the Holy Land.  So I want to thank you for your enduring friendship, your leadership, and for your warm introduction today.

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Transcript: President Barack Obama Speech on Middle East and North Africa, State Department, May 19, 2011

12:15 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark — one million frequent flyer miles.  (Laughter.)  I count on Hillary every single day, and I believe that she will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State in our nation’s history.

The State Department is a fitting venue to mark a new chapter in American diplomacy.  For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.  Square by square, town by town, country by country, the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights.  Two leaders have stepped aside.  More may follow.  And though these countries may be a great distance from our shores, we know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security, by history and by faith.

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Transcript: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Speech to Joint Session of Congress, May 24, 2011

(Source: Congressional Record)

The SPEAKER. Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and the distinct honor of presenting to you His Excellency Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.

(Applause, the Members rising.)

Prime Minister NETANYAHU. Vice President Biden, Speaker Boehner, distinguished Senators, Members of the House, honored guests, I am deeply moved by this warm welcome, and I am deeply honored that you’ve given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.

Mr. Vice President, do you remember the time that we

were the new kids in town? And I do see a lot of old friends here, and I see a lot of new friends of Israel here as well, Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Video: Newt Gingrich interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press | Presidential Candidacy | May 15, 2011

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Transcript: Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich Interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press – May 15, 2011

(Source: NBC’s Meet the Press)

MR. GREGORY:  One many who came to the opposite conclusion this week and has announced he is full steam ahead for 2012 is here with us exclusively this morning to kick off the return of our Meet the Candidates series, where throughout this primary season we will once again bring you in-depth interviews with the candidates for president.  Joining us live this morning, the former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Welcome back.

REP. GINGRICH:  Good to be with you, David.

MR. GREGORY:  This is your 35th appearance on the program.  You’ve said a lot and done a lot over the years for us to go through.  Mr. Speaker, as you know, campaigns are about the future; and yet, you’re doing something very interesting, you’re asking the American people for a stunning second act in American politics.  Why?

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