Reinventing the Presidency

Weekly Address: President Obama Honors America's Veterans, Men and Women in Uniform

In his weekly address, President Obama payed tribute to America's servicemen and women, calling on us to remember what Memorial Day is meant to honor -- the sacrifies of those who protect us:

This Memorial Day weekend, Americans will gather on lawns and porches, fire up the grill, and enjoy the company of family, friends, and neighbors. But this is not only a time for celebration, it is also a time to reflect on what this holiday is all about; to pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and to remember the servicemen and women who cannot be with us this year because they are standing post far from home – in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.

On Friday, I traveled to Annapolis, where I spoke at the Commencement of the United States Naval Academy. It was an honor to address some of America’s newest sailors and Marines as their Commander-in-Chief. Looking out at all of those young men and women, I was reminded of the extraordinary service that they are rendering to our country. And I was reminded, too, of all of the sacrifices that their parents, siblings, and loved ones make each day on their behalf and on our behalf.

The full transcript is available here. Watch the video below: Coming to the White House


"Obama is going to change the game with government the way he changed the game with politics," said Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN, a Washington-based progressive think-tank.

The Early Days of Obama with Michael Tomasky, Mark Schmitt and Franklin Foer

NDN is excited to invite you to a special forum this coming Tuesday, May 5, where we will be joined by the editors of three of the nation's smartest publications -- Franklin Foer of The New Republic, Mark Schmitt of The American Prospect and Michael Tomasky of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas -- to reflect on the early days of Barack Obama's young presidency and what lies ahead. 

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Tomasky, Foer, SchmittPresident Obama's poll numbers remain stratospheric. The Republicans are at a loss, a party plagued by infighting and an inability to respond to a popular president. The Administration has taken unprecedented action in the financial and auto industries, won passage of a massive economic recovery package, shifted America's foreign policy and been confronted by a global health crisis.

Joining NDN President Simon Rosenberg to talk about the new politics of the day will be Tomasky, who also is the American editor-at-large of The Guardian (UK), on whose Web site he writes a blog; Foer, who also wrote the international bestseller, "How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization," which has been translated into 27 languages—from German to Indonesian; and Schmitt, who was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation where he helped to develop a new initiative on The Next Social Contract, an effort to find the underlying principles and policies appropriate to the emerging economy.

So please join us Tuesday, May 5, at 12 p.m ET, with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. If you're not in Washington or can't break away from work, the forum will be live Webcast at starting at 12:15 p.m. We also will be taking questions from our livecast audience and you can submit your questions online at  To RSVP for this event, please click here. For fuller bios, event location and other information, click here

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. In the meantime, please read these great articles written by Tomasky, Foer (and colleague Noam Scheiber) and Schmitt on Obama's 100 Days. Each has a unique and fascinating perspective.

100 Days: Setting the Tone for America, Michael Tomasky,, 4/29/09

The Nudge-ocracy: Barack Obama's new theory of the state, Franklin Foer and Noam Scheiber, The New Republic, 5/06/09

The Myth of 100 Days, Mark Schmitt, The American Prospect, 4/29/09

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