Diplomatic Reception Room
July 13, 2010
Q Mr. President, you reached out yesterday to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, pledging U.S. support after the twin bombings in Kampala. Can you share some of the details of that conversation with us?
SAfrica’s Olympic committee says will bid for 2020
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Racial harmony? Not yet, but SAfrica makes strides
Seer sucker: Octopus oracle picks Spain to win
Octopus oracle picks Spain to win World Cup
KATHMANDU - After he finishes predicting the winner of the World Cup, would Paul, the octopus, now revered as Paul, the oracle, like to take up a new assignment?
Cuba says hunger striker ‘in danger’ of dying
Germany’s Merkel, S.African president meet
5:01 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. What’s going on, guys? Thank you, thank you, everybody. Everybody have a seat. Well, hello. Welcome to the White House. Congratulations to Sky Blue on winning your first Women’s Professional Soccer Championship. Congratulations. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)
World Cup Today
JOHANNESBURG — A look at Day 20 Tuesday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):
French parliament hosts hearing about WCup fiasco
Cameron, Merkel watch key World Cup match
TORONTO — British Prime Minister David Cameron and his German Chancellor Angela Merkel have far bigger concerns than the world economy at the Toronto G-20 summit of world leaders.
Intercontinental Downtown Hotel
3:18 P.M. EDT
President Obama and President Mills are eagerly anticipating the World Cup match between the United States and Ghana this afternoon. They reaffirm the strong ties between the people of our two countries, including our shared passion on the soccer field, and have agreed that when they next meet they will exchange team jerseys in the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship that they look forward to seeing on the playing field later today.
HUNTSVILLE - Football fever gripped European members of the Group of Eight (G-8) most powerful developed nations Friday as they met for a summit in Canada.
Earlier today President Obama called the U.S. Men’s World Cup Soccer team. The President congratulated them on their extraordinary victory and told them that while he was meeting with General Petraeus in the Oval Office, he could hear the rest of the West Wing erupt when Landon Donovan scored the game winner. The President then congratulated Donovan on the game-winning goal, asked Tim Howard how his ribs were feeling and asked Clint Dempsey how his lip was doing. The President wished the team good luck on Saturday and made sure they knew that the entire country was cheering them on.
Haitians rival Brazilians in love for the Selecao
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:01 P.M. EDT
MR. BURTON: So to start out I just want to read out a couple phone calls the President just made to Chancellor Merkel and President Zapatero.
French national soul-searching over WCup fiasco
Sarkozy marks de Gaulle’s famed wartime appeal
Work suffers, parties thrive during World Cup
Work is skipped, parties abound during World Cup
Spain loses to Switzerland, Chile beats Honduras
Police to keep new stadium duties thru World Cup
Memorials, World Cup: mixed emotions in S.Africa
FIFA, WCup organizers clam up on stadium security
WCup labor protests continue, FIFA goes quiet
WCup labor protests continue in Durban
DURBAN, South Africa — Several hundred security workers at the World Cup have gathered in Durban to protest labor conditions in a dispute that has spread to half the tournament’s stadiums.
World Cup strike spreads to half of venues
Security stewards protest in Durban, Johannesburg
Vice President Biden met with FIFA President Blatter this morning in Johannesburg. They discussed the excitement surrounding the 2010 World Cup and its host country South Africa. They talked about the importance of soccer globally; the passion and growing fan base in the United States for the sport; and the game’s power to bring communities and nations together.
Colombian soldiers free long-held rebel hostages
Riot police break up World Cup wages demonstration
The President and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke today by telephone in their first substantive conversation since the President’s congratulatory call on May 22, 2010. The President looks forward to seeing Cameron in Canada later this month and in Washington on July 20. The President affirmed his deep commitment to the special and historic relationship between our two countries. The President thanked the Prime Minister for his commitment to lead on the broad range of issues on our shared agenda. The two leaders discussed Afghanistan, including the Prime Minister’s recent visit, and they reaffirmed their firm commitment to NATO’s ISAF mission. They discussed the decision by the United Nations Security Council to impose the strongest sanctions to date on Iran and the importance of follow-on action being taken at the upcoming European Council meeting, and they underscored the need for Iran to live up to its international obligations. They also exchanged views on economic issues, including preparations for the G-8/G-20 meetings later this month. The President and the Prime Minister discussed the impact of tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reiterating that BP must do all it can to respond effectively to the situation. Finally, the President and the Prime Minister agreed to disagree on the desired outcome of the June 12 U.S.-England World Cup soccer match; the President noted that the historical record of previous World Cup matches between the United States and England favors the United States and the President wagered the best lager against the best beer in America on an American win over England.
World Cup opening ceremony with happy noise
Port-of-SPAIN - Trinidad and Tobago’s newly elected Indian-origin Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been invited to attend an international law conference to be held in New Delhi next year, an advocate from India said.
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:38 P.M. EDT
MR. GIBBS: Come on, it’s like 90 today, isn’t it?
Once-embattled Soweto marvels at nearby World Cup