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Obama Sends Prayers, Best Wishes On Kwanzaa - Abc News

December 27, 2014

The Obamas say in a statement that the Kwanzaa celebration highlights the rich heritage of African Americans. They say families come together on Kwanzaa to reflect on the past year's blessing and look forward to the promises that lie ahead next year. The Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii. They're calling attention to Kwanzaa's seven principles, which include creativity, self-determination, purpose and unity, responsibility, cooperative economics and faith. The Obama say they remain committed to building a nation that provides opportunity for everyone. They say there's much to be thankful for as families light the Kinara, a candle holder used to celebrate Kwanzaa.

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"It is contrary to our values." Related: Obama calls alleged North Korea hacking vandalism, not war The President's comments follow a flurry of executive action at the start of what he called his "fourth quarter" in the Oval Office -- after Republicans walloped Democrats in November's midterm elections, taking control of both houses of Congress. After the election, Obama quickly announced an overhaul of U.S. immigration rules and new regulations aimed at curbing environmentally-harmful emissions. He followed those moves this week with a deal that represented the biggest steps to thaw the economic freeze with Cuba in decades. The Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility -- which Obama pledged to shut down as part of his 2008 campaign, but saw his plans thwarted when Congress passed a law prohibiting him from doing so -- could be another target ripe for executive action. Obama's year-end message: North Korea Cuba and Congress Obama has transferred many of the detainees housed at that facility to other countries in recent months, and said Friday he'll continue trying to do that, since Congress won't allow him to shift those detainees into federal Supermax facilities within the United States.

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is set to end its combat mission in the Middle Eastern nation. Weve been in continuous war now for over 13 years. Next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan, Obama told troops in Hawaii late Thursday, celebrating Christmas. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country, he said. "We are safer. Its not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again. Though the American combat mission in Afghanistan is nearly completed, at least some troops are scheduled to stay in the nation until the end of 2016.

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Kaneohe (United States) (AFP) - President Barack Obama in a Christmas Day speech to US troops stationed in Hawaii hailed their "extraordinary dedication and sacrifices," as NATO prepares to wrap up its combat mission in Afghanistan. After a morning of exchanging gifts with family members during their annual year-end vacation in his birth state, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit late Thursday to a Marine Corps base in Hawaii. As service members and their families tucked into a dinner of lobster, turkey, green beans, yams and other traditional Christmas Day fare, the president took the microphone to thank them for "extraordinary service" that he said has allowed the United States to hand responsibility for security to Afghan forces. "We've been in continuous war now for over 13 years. Next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan," Obama told the crowd, to cheers and applause. "Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country.

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1, 2015. Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today begins a celebration highlighting the rich African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, Mr. Obama said Friday. During this season, families come together to reflect on blessings of the past year and look forward to the promises in the year ahead. As we remain committed to building a country that provides opportunity for all, this time of year reminds us that there is much to be thankful for.

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Storm December 24, 2014 Comments President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a federal student loan forgiveness act of 2012 blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the storm had cost more than $46 million, well in excess of the governments $27.3 million threshold for federal emergency aid. More than 370 structures suffered roof damage from the snow; 38 structures were destroyed.

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