Entries in Memorial (6)


Obama to Attend Inouye Memorial in Hawaii

Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Sunday in Hawaii.

This is the second memorial that Obama will attend for his native state Senator. The President spoke Friday at a service for Inouye at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Joe Biden Speaks at Sen. George McGovern's Prayer Service

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(SIOUX FALLS, S.D.) -- With 12 days left before election day, Vice President Joe Biden joined hundreds gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Thursday to pay respect to the late Sen. George McGovern.

"Several of you said, ‘How could you be here in the middle of a campaign?’  Where I come from you ask, 'How could you not be here for someone who's done so much?’" Biden said.

Biden served alongside McGovern in the U.S. Senate from 1972 to 1980 and credited McGovern for inspiring him to run for his senate seat at the age of 29.

“I admired him from the day I became aware of him through the day he died,” Biden said. 

The vice president recounted how McGovern displayed courage when he pushed for the end of the war in Vietnam, and shared a portion of a speech McGovern gave expressing his opposition to the war, during which he said “this chamber reeks of blood” -- a speech Biden said “what incredible political courage and gumption it took to make that speech before the Senate.”

“He said, ‘I’m fed up to my ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in,’” Biden said.  “He not only spoke for our generation…He spoke for our soul, and I still feel the same way.”

McGovern was at the top of the Democratic ticket in 1972 -- the same year Biden was first elected as a senator -- but McGovern faced a defeat against Richard Nixon.

"Your father gave courage to people who didn't have the courage to speak up," Biden said.  “Because he took such a miserable beating, he didn't win the election but he ended the war.... He transformed my party.... He is the father of the modern Democratic Party."

Biden relayed to the congregation that McGovern's grandson, Matt, told him McGovern was able to watch the vice president's debate against Rep. Paul Ryan earlier this month, and upon the debate's completion, McGovern told his grandson, "I want to call Joe."

At one point, Biden noted that he was one of the longest serving senators, pointing out that there are only 13 other senators who served longer than the vice president did.

"Ain't that a hell of an indictment,"  Biden said as the audience laughed.  When he realized he said “hell” while standing on the altar of the church, Biden turned around and said, “Excuse me,” to the priest sitting behind him and proceeded to do the sign of the cross while people laughed.

The vice president concluded his more than 25-minute speech by giving McGovern what he described as an Irishman's greatest compliment.

"George McGovern was a good and decent man," he said.

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Obama Family Makes Meal for the Needy

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and his family took part in a service project at D.C. Central Kitchen Saturday afternoon to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.

The president and his daughter, Malia, packed rice and gumbo while first lady Michelle Obama and daughter, Sasha, prepped corn for a meal that will be distributed to those in need. The first family made chicken sausage gumbo meals that will go to organizations such as D.C. Public Schools, Covenant House Washington, and New Endeavors by Women.

D.C. Central Kitchen prepares and delivers over 5,000 meals every day.

Some of the staff at D.C. Central Kitchen are part of the Culinary Jobs Training Program, which provides formerly incarcerated, addicted and homeless men and women with hospitality jobs.

On this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the homeland, President Obama has called for unity and for Americans to take part in a service activity.

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Obama Commemorates Richard Holbrooke: 'He Belonged in the Arena'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill, joined a crowd of family and friends Friday commemorated the life of Richard Holbrooke, a titan of American diplomacy who died last month.

The president hailed Holbrooke as one who led an "extraordinary life" and "served his country until his final moments."

"It was clear that Richard was not comfortable on the sidelines. He belonged in the arena."

The president announced the creation of an award named after Holbrooke that will award excellence in American diplomacy.

At the time of his death, Holbrooke was Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The memorial Friday was held at the Kennedy Center because it was President John F. Kennedy who created the Peace Corps, in which Holbrooke served, and inspired him to a career of public service, said David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, an investment firm where Holbrooke spent some of his later years.

The memorial service was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and a number of U.S. officials and country heads.

Holbrooke, a forceful presence in American diplomacy for more than 45 years, died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 69 last month.

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Pelosi Set to Travel to Tucson with President for Memorial Service

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will travel to Tucson, Arizona Wednesday with President Obama aboard Air Force One to attend a memorial service at the University of Arizona to remember the victims of Saturday’s shooting.

Pelosi, D-Calif., will begin her day at the Capitol and is expected to sign books of condolences before meeting the president and Mrs. Obama at Andrews Air Force Base for the cross-country flight.

President Obama is scheduled to speak at the memorial service at 6:00 p.m. local to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that left six people dead and 14 wounded. Pelosi is not expected to speak at the memorial service.

The memorial service, called “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” will take place at the McKale Center and is open to the public free of charge. The event will include a Native American blessing, a moment of silence, a poetry reading and the presentation of a chain featuring messages from members of the public.

Back in the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, members of Congress will participate in a bipartisan prayer service to remember and honor the victims of the shooting.

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President Obama to Attend Arizona Memorial for Tucson Shooting Victims

Photo Courtesy - The White House | Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are planning to go to Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday to attend a memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shooting spree that killed six people and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The visit, first disclosed by a senior administration official to ABC News, was confirmed by the University of Arizona.

"President Obama will speak at a memorial event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 to support and remember victims of the mass shooting in Tucson, and to lift the spirits of those who have been personally affected by this tragedy," the university said in a statement. "'Together We Thrive: Tucson and America' will take place at McKale Center and is free and open to the campus and greater Tucson community."

The memorial in Tucson comes after the president and first lady led a national moment of silence this morning in Washington to honor the victims as congressional business paused.

The president stood at the top of the driveway on the South Lawn of the White House to remember the victims. About 200 to 300 staffers gathered to observe the moment of silence, which lasted slightly more than a minute.

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