President Obama Commemorates Enactment of Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The President speaks about the importance of signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that toughens penalties and expand protections against crimes designed to intimidate as well as harm. October 28, 2009. (Public Domain)

Oct. 29, 2009 “This photo was taken about 4AM after the President made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to fallen troops coming back from Afghanistan. After meeting privately with the families, the President walked alone up the ramp of the cargo plane carrying the 18 caskets, all draped in American flags. I could see the emotion on his face as he walked from casket to casket, leaving a Presidential coin on each. When he was done, he paused for a few minutes, head bowed in prayer. I heard him tell others later how that was the most difficult moment of his Presidency thus far. Out of respect for the families, not all of who wanted their ceremony photographed, we can’t show those pictures (but they will become part of Presidential archive.)

Oct. 29, 2009
“This photo was taken about 4AM after the President made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to fallen troops coming back from Afghanistan. After meeting privately with the families, the President walked alone up the ramp of the cargo plane carrying the 18 caskets, all draped in American flags. I could see the emotion on his face as he walked from casket to casket, leaving a Presidential coin on each. When he was done, he paused for a few minutes, head bowed in prayer. I heard him tell others later how that was the most difficult moment of his Presidency thus far. Out of respect for the families, not all of who wanted their ceremony photographed, we can’t show those pictures (but they will become part of Presidential archive.)

President Obama Honors Senator Edward William Brooke

The President recognizes the accomplishments of former Senator Edward William Brooke, the first African American elected to the United States Senate by popular vote, as Brooke receives the Congressional Gold Medal. October 28, 2009. (Public Domain)

10/28/09: White House Press Briefing

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing. (public domain)

President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act

The President is joined by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and others as he signs a bill that will both provide for the countrys security and defense as well as eliminate billions of dollars in waste. October 28, 2009. (Public Domain)

President Obama Welcomes Senators Hagel and Boren to Intelligence Team

The President announces that Senators Chuck Hagel and David Boren have agreed to serve as co-chairmen of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. October 28, 2009. (Public Domain)

President Obama Explains the Smart Grid and Economic Recovery

The President visits the largest solar energy center of its kind and talks about how the Recovery Act is promoting energy-saving smart grid technology. October 27, 2009 (Public Domain)

President Obama Addresses Servicemen and Women in Jacksonville, FL

The President speaks to servicemen and women and recognizes the militarys continuing dedication to the country and the sacrifices made by service members and their families. October 26, 2009 (Public Domain)

President Obama Pushes Clean Energy

The President challenges America to lead the global economy in clean energy in order to create new jobs at home, free us from dependence on foreign oil, and make us more secure. October 23, 2009
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President Barack Obama meets with, from left, NSC Senior Director for Russian Affairs Mike McFaul, Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones, before a phone call with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the Oval Office, Oct. 24, 2009.

President Barack Obama meets with, from left, NSC Senior Director for Russian Affairs Mike McFaul, Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones, before a phone call with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the Oval Office, Oct. 24, 2009.