This afternoon, President Obama spoke about the killing of journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIL. “The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley,” he said. “Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.”
The President made clear that Foley’s life “stands in stark contrast to his killers” — and reiterated that the U.S. will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect the American people.
“We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” he said. “When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Missouri today to review the Department of Justice’s ongoing independent investigation into the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Attorney General Holder pledged to help find justice for a community that is rightfully hurting and looking for answers.
Ever wondered what a first day as a new employee at the White House looks like? What about a first day as the very first employee of a brand-new government service designed to remake the way people and businesses interact with their government online? Follow along as Mikey Dickerson, Administrator of the newly created U.S. Digital Service, makes his way through Day One.
On Monday, President Obama delivered a statement on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri — two issues he has been following closely each day.