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Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address January 2, 2010
The White House ^ | January 2, 2010 | Office of the Press Secretary

Posted on 01/02/2010 12:17:21 PM PST by onyx

Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address January 2, 2010

It has now been more than a week since the attempted act of terrorism aboard that flight to Detroit on Christmas Day. On Thursday, I received the preliminary findings of the reviews that I ordered into our terrorist watchlist system and air travel screening. I've directed my counterterrorism and homeland security advisor at the White House, John Brennan, to lead these reviews going forward and to present the final results and recommendations to me in the days to come.

As I said this week, I will do everything in my power to make sure our hard-working men and women in our intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security communities have the tools and resources they need to keep America safe. This includes making sure these communities-and the people in them-are coordinating effectively and are held accountable at every level. And as President, that is what I will do.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we're learning more about the suspect. We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al Qaeda, and that this group-al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula-trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.

This is not the first time this group has targeted us. In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies-including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as President, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government-training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al Qaeda terrorists.

And even before Christmas Day, we had seen the results. Training camps have been struck; leaders eliminated; plots disrupted. And all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas must know-you too will be held to account.

But these efforts are only part of a wider cause. It's been nearly a year since I stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and took the oath of office as your President. And with that oath came the solemn responsibility that I carry with me every moment of every day-the responsibility to protect the safety and security of the American people.

On that day I also made it very clear-our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred, and that we will do whatever it takes to defeat them and defend our country, even as we uphold the values that have always distinguished America among nations.

And make no mistake, that's exactly what we've been doing. It's why I refocused the fight-bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, and dramatically increasing our resources in the region where al Qaeda is actually based, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's why I've set a clear and achievable mission-to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies and prevent their return to either country.

And it's why we've forged new partnerships, as in Yemen, and put unrelenting pressure on these extremists wherever they plot and train-from East Africa to Southeast Asia, from Europe to the Persian Gulf. And though often out of sight, our progress has been unmistakable. Along with our partners, we've disrupted terrorist financing, cut off recruiting chains, inflicted major losses on al Qaeda's leadership, thwarted plots here in the United States, and saved countless American lives.

Yet as the Christmas Day attempt illustrates, and as we were reminded this week by the sacrifices of more brave Americans in Afghanistan-including those seven dedicated men and women of the CIA-the hard work of protecting our nation is never done. So as our reviews continue, let us ask the questions that need to be asked. Let us make the changes that need to be made. Let us debate the best way to protect the country we all love. That is the right and responsibility of every American and every elected official.

But as we go forward, let us remember this-our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other. Let's never forget what has always carried us through times of trial, including those attacks eight Septembers ago.

Instead of giving in to fear and cynicism, let's renew that timeless American spirit of resolve and confidence and optimism. Instead of succumbing to partisanship and division, let's summon the unity that this moment demands. Let's work together, with a seriousness of purpose, to do what must be done to keep our country safe.

As we begin this New Year, I cannot imagine a more fitting resolution to guide us-as a people and as a nation.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americainperil; bho44; bhochristmas; bhoradioaddress; christmasdayattack; flight253; fourth100days; soa; soaincharge
WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discussed his solemn responsibility to protect the nation and the steps the administration has taken to that end. From ordering reviews into the attempted act of terrorism in Detroit to a comprehensive strategy that has refocused our efforts on the fight against al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and strengthened international partnerships to keep unrelenting pressure on extremists across the globe, the President will continue to do everything in his power to uphold the nation’s security.

The audio and video will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov.

1 posted on 01/02/2010 12:17:22 PM PST by onyx
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To: hoosiermama; maggief; SE Mom; Protect the Bill of Rights; Liz; STARWISE; Freedom'sWorthIt
And make no mistake, that's exactly what we've been doing. It's why I refocused the fight-bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, and dramatically increasing our resources in the region where al Qaeda is actually based, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's why I've set a clear and achievable mission-to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies and prevent their return to either country.

GTH, pantywaist POS.

2 posted on 01/02/2010 12:21:05 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

If anyone believes one word POTUS Obama spoke, they must be smoking funny stuff or drinking Kool-Aid by the gallon. This protege of America hater Rev. Jeremiah Wright has not one iota of concern for the safety and security of the American people or our magnificent military personnel. God help us all!!!


3 posted on 01/02/2010 12:24:33 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Didn’t hear the word terrorist or terroism did you?


4 posted on 01/02/2010 12:27:13 PM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for minus 24 today....at least minus 23...)
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To: onyx

“I will do everything in my power”.

Well If “power” related to IQ, we are shit out of luck.


5 posted on 01/02/2010 12:27:24 PM PST by primatreat (Betcha "O"wee weed his pants so much last week he's out of "depends")
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To: onyx

Gee, why do I not feel secure????? I do not believe a word the pretender says.


6 posted on 01/02/2010 12:27:29 PM PST by mom-7
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To: onyx
The Big Wee Wee's Real Holiday Message to America


7 posted on 01/02/2010 12:27:45 PM PST by Zakeet (America needs ObamaCare like Helen Thomas needs a Halloween mask)
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To: onyx

and saved countless American lives””””

Is that saved or created? Oh sorry that was jobs!

What a bunch of cr$%! from Our Dear Reader.


8 posted on 01/02/2010 12:32:34 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: onyx
Remarks of Pres_ _ent Barack Hussein Obama Weekly Address January 2, 2010
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Word count used by Pres_ _ent Obama
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-word- number of times used

I 10
me 2
attack 2
terrorist 2
bomb 0
murder 0
Islam 0
Moslem 0
warned (in advance) 0
plan, planning, plans 0

9 posted on 01/02/2010 12:33:41 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: primatreat; ohioWfan; silent_jonny; SE Mom
He really has gall, too, considering he's still bashing President Bush.

Instead of giving in to fear and cynicism, let's renew that timeless American spirit of resolve and confidence and optimism. Instead of succumbing to partisanship and division, let's summon the unity that this moment demands. Let's work together, with a seriousness of purpose, to do what must be done to keep our country safe.

Let's work together? I'm all but certain he's not on our side!

10 posted on 01/02/2010 12:36:07 PM PST by onyx
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

All words and all BS. Obama is a liar, bigtme.


11 posted on 01/02/2010 12:38:20 PM PST by mulligan
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To: onyx

More lip service from Hussein. Tomorrow he will be back to his “Islam is a religion of peace” routine.
From thread below: “ABC News has learned that the bomber was invited into the heavily guarded camp as a possible informant, but wasn’t searched.
The bomber, who was dressed in an Afghan military uniform, was escorted to the gym for a meeting with a senior CIA debriefer, according to intelligence sources familiar with the incident. When the bomber was brought into the gym he blew himself up, killing seven and seriously injuring an additional six officers who had gathered there to wait for him.”
Like Clinton in `92 not wanting to “present too high a profile” in Mogadishu so that Rangers did without armor, I expect top commanders in Afghanistan were told not to subject our allies to any unnecessary indignities, such as `profiling’, e.g. searching them to see if they were walking claymore mines.
If it comes out that this was the case, the administration will find a `Les Aspin’ to fall on his own sword.


12 posted on 01/02/2010 12:39:08 PM PST by tumblindice (Obama lied, people died)
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To: Diogenesis

13 posted on 01/02/2010 12:41:07 PM PST by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Diogenesis

Oh, you counted. Excellent. Thanks, Diogenesis.


14 posted on 01/02/2010 12:41:46 PM PST by onyx
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To: Zakeet
And all a Yemeni AQ adherent needs to do is hang with the women and children to keep out of our sights because he knows Zero's ROE are such that there will be no attacks if there is even a chance of civilian casualties.

As Hitchens has said, how diabolical that Zero's crew has told travelers they won't be able to get up from their seats in the last hour of flight! It's such a comfort knowing that the debris will rain down on a Canadian city instead of an American one, as they slightly push forward their schedule! Actually, these bombers' handlers are optimally best off with the debris falling into the ocean, such that the fingers of blame back to them will be that much harder to find.

HF

15 posted on 01/02/2010 12:44:25 PM PST by holden
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To: onyx
Eevery time I read or hear from this Marxist illegal alien from Kenya; this is my reaction:


16 posted on 01/02/2010 12:45:33 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: onyx
FUBO....Just shut up and stay in Hawaii and eat your shaved ice, or shave your @ss or whatever it is your wasting time and our money on today.
17 posted on 01/02/2010 12:46:06 PM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: onyx

OMG He said that today? As far as I am concerned he can ESAD.

My God. He needs to grow up. My 19 year old son (who once asked me if he needed to peel the egg before he boiled it) has more common sense than he has.


18 posted on 01/02/2010 12:49:13 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: onyx
Argh. Did you have to wreck my day by posting this drivel?

:-)

19 posted on 01/02/2010 12:49:50 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: onyx

Obama talks tough in this speech, but his actions betray his words.

Namely, Obama has fought Congress on holding hearings on Nidal Hasan.

Namely, Obama has made the move to try KSM in NYC.

Obama may talk tough, but he cannot be trusted.


20 posted on 01/02/2010 1:11:27 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: tumblindice

Les Aspin. Now there’s a name from the past.


21 posted on 01/02/2010 1:11:27 PM PST by onyx
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To: Cobra64

Cobra64, please take up target practice - it’s something a lot more productive and useful and it won’t hurt your head. :)


22 posted on 01/02/2010 1:14:12 PM PST by onyx
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To: nikos1121
no we didn't since obozo thinks its a criminal matter even tho we are at war with the terrorist. God said a time of peace and a time of war I belive God since he can't like like hussein does..hurry 2102 before its too late
23 posted on 01/02/2010 1:20:50 PM PST by FreeperFlirt
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To: FreeperFlirt

opps not like but lie..


24 posted on 01/02/2010 1:22:47 PM PST by FreeperFlirt
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Not only do I not trust him, I also do not think he’s on our side.


25 posted on 01/02/2010 1:27:21 PM PST by onyx
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To: nikos1121

As a matter of fact, as one who has done much writing in my career, let me tell amd assure you this moron POTUS Obama has said absolutely nothing. I suggest, folks that you read carefully between the lines. This empty suit is saying only those words that he thinks will cover his butt!!! I again state without going into detail, this POTUS Barack Hussein Obama does not care about the safety and security of the American people, our military and our future. He cares for only himself, the ego-maniac he is.


26 posted on 01/02/2010 2:59:35 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: mulligan

It’s one thing to believe one’s lies. That makes the liar one and the same, a common-garden-variety type. It’s quite another to know full well you don’t believe your own lies but counting on your audience to believe you or at worst, know they don’t but still lie anyway. This is the worst of liars. This is the mark of a truly evil person. This is one reason among many I hate Barrack Obama.


27 posted on 01/02/2010 3:06:32 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: onyx
Cobra64, please take up target practice - it’s something a lot more productive and useful and it won’t hurt your head. :)

I'm working on that too.


28 posted on 01/02/2010 3:07:26 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64

If I’ve ever said anything that made you angry, I want to take this time to very publicly apologize to you.

;-)


29 posted on 01/02/2010 3:12:41 PM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Cobra64

Whoa!

I am so happy you’re a friend of mine!!!


30 posted on 01/02/2010 3:13:12 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx
Whoa!

I am so happy you’re a friend of mine!!!

We have a lot of friends here on FR. :)

My newest associate:


31 posted on 01/02/2010 3:20:54 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: savedbygrace
If I’ve ever said anything that made you angry, I want to take this time to very publicly apologize to you.

;-)

That's okay. You're forgiven. Just send more ammo...


32 posted on 01/02/2010 3:24:30 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Why would anyone listen to Obama?
He nearly always says the opposite of what he means or intends to do.
Eclipsing Clinton as a liar.


33 posted on 01/02/2010 6:35:57 PM PST by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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To: onyx

what a puke. It’s all “I did this” and “I did that”, but as soon as somthing goes wrong it’s “Bush did it”. I need to go out and slap an Obama voter.


34 posted on 01/03/2010 7:12:16 AM PST by wny
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To: wny
what a puke. It’s all “I did this” and “I did that”, but as soon as somthing goes wrong it’s “Bush did it”. I need to go out and slap an Obama voter. LOL. There's plenty of them around. Happy slap fest. :)
35 posted on 01/03/2010 2:54:29 PM PST by onyx
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