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What President Obama Did This Week

Monday, June 24, 2013  
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What President Obama Did This Week

This week, President Obama celebrated Father’s Day with his family, met with our allies in Europe and continued to urge action on passing commonsense immigration reform. Read on for more:

President Obama Attends G8 Summit and Meets with Leaders in Northern Ireland and Germany: "There are walls that still stand; there are still many miles to go.”

On Monday, President Obama arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit to meet with key allies and discuss global economic development and issues of international security.

The President spoke to the people of Northern Ireland about our common bond:

"So many of the qualities that we Americans hold dear we imported from this land -- perseverance, faith, an unbending belief that we make our own destiny, and an unshakable dream that if we work hard and we live responsibly, something better lies just around the bend. So our histories are bound by blood and belief, by culture and by commerce. And our futures are equally, inextricably linked. And that’s why I’ve come to Belfast today -- to talk about the future we can build together."

Discussing the progress made in peace efforts, President Obama said, "for all the strides that you’ve made, there’s still much work to do.” Recommitting to our cross-Atlantic ties, the President continued, "And you should know that so long as you are moving forward, America will always stand by you as you do.”

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President Barack Obama participates in a G8 Summit meeting on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the Library at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. Participating in the meeting are, clockwise from President Obama: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; President François Hollande of France; Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy; Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Later that day, the President met with our EU partners to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and held a meeting with President Putin of Russia.

On Wednesday, nearly 50 years to the day after President John F. Kennedy delivered his historic speech to a city divided by the Cold War, President Obama spoke to the people of Berlin about the deep and enduring ties between the United States and Germany, and the values we share. President Obama said. "Today’s threats are not as stark as they were half a century ago, but the struggle for freedom and security and human dignity -- that struggle goes on.”

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

How to Save $1,000,000,000,000

This week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report stating thatimmigration reform would save nearly one trillion dollars over the next two decades, providing even more evidence that commonsense immigration reform is good for the budget and good for economic growth.

With immigration reform, nearly ten million undocumented immigrants will be able to escape the shadows and enter the mainstream economy, paying taxes and contributing to funds for education and Social Security.

Leaders from across the country are demanding commonsense immigration reform, and the latest CBO report further clarifies this need. To find out more about President Obama’s call for a fix to our broken immigration system, click here.

The CBO also found that commonsense immigration reform will increase real GDP by 3.3% in 2023, and 5.4% in 2033 due to higher labor force participation, increased capital investment, and increased productivity resulting from "technological advancements, such as new innovations and improvements in the production process.”

President Obama Celebrates Father’s Day

President Obama delivered an address celebrating Father’s Day’s and fatherhood, noting that nothing substitutes for the love and support of the presence of a parent in a child’s life.

While the Presidency comes with a lot of responsibilities, there is nothing quite like the responsibilities of fatherhood. The President has launched an interagency effort to promote fathers taking a more active role in their children’s lives called the Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.

Click here to view our 13 favorite photos of President Obama being a dad!

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron visit with school children at Enniskillen Primary School, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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