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President Obama Visits Korea

  • Remarks by President Obama and President Lee ROK in Joint Press Conference
    Remarks by President Obama and President Lee ROK in Joint Press Conference

    PRESIDENT LEE: (As translated.) We have beautiful weather today. I know that yesterday we had sub-zero cold. And President Obama brought with him very nice weather. On behalf of the people of the Republic of Korea, I wish to extend our warmest welcome and greetings to President Obama and his delegation. 

  • WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama’s Overseas Trip
    WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama’s Overseas Trip

    November 21, 2009 WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama described the progress made during his trip to Asia, and detailed steps the administration is taking to spur job creation. The President explained how increasing exports to Asia Pacific nations can create hundreds of thousands of jobs in America and described the upcoming jobs forum ...  

  • Remarks by the President to the Troops
    Remarks by the President to the Troops

    November 19, 2009 THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Osan! (Applause.) It is good to be here! (Applause.) Thank you so much. First of all, please give Staff Sergeant Randy Gray a big round of applause for the outstanding introduction. (Applause.) I want to thank Randy for his service as one of the "Best Warriors" in the United States Army. (Applause.) Randy is a ...  

Photo Gallery: President Obama Visits Korea

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One after his visit to U.S. service members in Osan Air Base at Osan, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    November 19, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama, center, walks to Air Force One with U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens, left, General Walter Sharp, right, during his departure from Osan Air Base in South Korea. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama waves to U.S. soldiers upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Osan, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.(AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage as he rallies U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in Osan, outside Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama addresses U.S. service members at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 19, 2009. This is President Obama's first visit to Korea since taking office in January. The stop in Korea was the last leg of his Asia visit. (U.S. Air Force photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with U.S. service members at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 19, 2009. This is President Obama's first visit to Korea since taking office in January. The stop in Korea was the last leg of his Asia visit. (U.S. Air Force photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama, right, greets U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in Osan, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak walk out together following their joint press conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, exchange smiles during their joint press conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    US President Barak Obama, left, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, talk during their bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Korean President Lee Myung-bak shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, strikes a taekwondo pose with Korean President Lee Myung-bak after receiving a taekwondo uniform as a present from President Lee in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, talks with Korean President Lee Myung-bak as they walk at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    US President Barak Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak are seen during the arrival ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama greets children during the arrival ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    US President Barak Obama, left, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, are seen during the arrival ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Korean and American children at a welcoming ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    US President Barak Obama, right, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, left, are seen during the arrival ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    US President Barak Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak are seen during the arrival ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo) 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Korean President Lee Myung-bak as he arrives at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    President Barack Obama viewing the photo exhibition “A Story of Volunteerism: Americans in Korea, Koreans in the World” with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    Ambassador Kathleen Stephens presents a book of photos from Peace Corps Volunteers to President Barack Obama in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    President Barack Obama speaks to the Embassy community in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    President Barack Obama, right, with U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stephens meets with U.S. Embassy employees and their families in Seoul, South Korea. 

  • November 19, 2009
    November 19, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Patrick J. Linehan, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the Embassy’s Meet and Greet, Seoul, Republic of Korea, November 19, 2009. 

  • November 18, 2009
    November 18, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan after arriving at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 18, 2009. This is President Obama's first visit to Korea since taking office in January. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) 

  • November 18, 2009
    November 18, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by the Republic of Korea Traditional Honor Guard after arriving at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 18, 2009. This is President Obama's first visit to Korea since taking office in January. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) 

  • November 18, 2009
    November 18, 2009

    U.S. President Barack Obama waves from the Air Force One upon arrival at the Osan U.S. Air Force Base in Osan, 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. Obama arrived here for the last leg of his four-country Asian tour. (Photo courtesy of AP) 

 

The President's Trip to Asia

On November 12, President Obama began a 10-day journey to Asia, which includes visits to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. The purpose of this trip is to strengthen U.S. leadership and economic competitiveness in the region, renew old alliances, forge new partnerships, and make progress on issues that matter to the American people. The trip will include a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings, a Town Hall Event with Chinese youth and a visit to U.S. troops in South Korea.

• November 17, 2009  -
U.S.-China Joint Statement (Beijing, China)

• November 17, 2009  -
Joint Press Statement by President Obama and President Hu of China  (Great Hall, Beijing, China)

• November 16, 2009 -
Remarks by President Barack Obama at Town Hall Meeting with Future Chinese Leaders (Museum of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China)

• November 15, 2009 - Remarks by President Barack Obama and Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng before bilateral meeting (Xijio State Guest House, Shanghai, China)

• November 15, 2009 - Joint Statement by 1st ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting (Singapore)

• November 15, 2009 - Statements By President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia After Bilateral Meeting (Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore)

• November 15, 2009 - Remarks by President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia after Bilateral Meeting  ( Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore)

• November 15, 2009 - Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Vejjajiva of Thailand After ASEAN-10 Meeting (Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore)

• November 15, 2009 - Declaration by APEC Leaders (Singapore)

• November 15, 2009 - Statement by APEC Leaders (Singapore)

• November 14, 2009 - Remarks by President Barack Obama at Suntory Hall (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan)

• November 13, 2009 - Remarks by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan in Joint Press Conference (Kantei, Tokyo, Japan)

• November 12, 2009 - Preview of President Obama's Trip to Asia

• November 09, 2009 - Briefing via Conference Call on the President's Trip to Asia