In the run up to tonight’s speech, the White House (@whitehouse) has been sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into drafting the address by having different staff members—including the President’s speech writer, policy council and broadcast director—take over the account.
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Watch President Obama’s remarks today at a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. You can read his full remarks here.
President Obama has directed all U.S. diplomatic missions to fly the American flag at half-staff in honor of President Mandela. You can read the Presidential Proclamation at go.usa.gov/Wume.
President Obama: Madiba transformed South Africa — and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better.
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Yesterday, President Obama announced the United States will provide $339 million in additional U.S. humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria. This new announcement brings the total U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people to nearly $1.4 billion since the crisis began.