President Obama Delivers a Farewell Tribute to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

On January 28, 2015, President Obama delivered remarks at a farewell tribute in honor of Chuck Hagel who is retiring from his position as Secretary of Defense.

“Our two nations possess the keys to progress in the century ahead. We vote in free elections. We work and we build and we innovate. We lift up the least among us. We reach for heights previous generations could not even imagine. We respect human rights and human dignity, and it is recorded in our constitutions. And we keep striving to live up to those ideals put to paper all those years ago.” —President Obama celebrating the anniversary of India’s constitution

1/28/15: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz

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

President Obama just became the first U.S. President to join the people of India on Republic Day to celebrate the anniversary of their constitution. Check out photos from the President and First Lady’s trip to India on @PeteSouza’s Instagram.

Slide show from India posted at this link: This particular image is from the Republic Day parade in Delhi.

Performers during a cultural performance at the State Dinner in India earlier this week. See the full DSLR slide show at

King Salman bids farewell to President Obama at Erga Palace in Saudi Arabia.

First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Saudi officials during a receiving line with President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia at Erga Palace in Riyadh.

President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia are escorted during airport arrival ceremony in Riyadh.

Conversation at the Erga Palace in Saudi Arabia.