Obama welcomes home Vietnam veterans on war's 50th anniversary
May 28th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Obama welcomes home Vietnam veterans on war's 50th anniversary

During a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC on Monday afternoon, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War by honoring its veterans.

Standing before the dark granite wall bearing the names of the 58,282 Americans who died as a result of the war in Vietnam, Obama touched on the nation’s historically contentious relationship with the veterans from one of its most controversial military engagements.

“One of the most painful chapters in our history was Vietnam, most particularly how we treated our troops who served there,” the president said. “You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor. You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised. You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened.  And that's why here today we resolve that it will not happen again.”
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Women submariners at the White House
May 28th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

Women submariners at the White House

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted the U.S. Navy’s first contingent of women submariners to be assigned to the Navy’s operational submarine force, in the Blue Room of the White House on Memorial Day. The 24 women were accepted into the Navy’s nuclear submarine program after completing an intensive training program and serve on ballistic and guided missile submarines throughout the Navy. Also attending were Admiral Mark Ferguson, left, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right.


Topics: Military • The Visuals
Beneath the White House briefing room
May 28th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Famous signatures hidden in the White House

Hidden from the public’s eyes, seen only by those with special access, Washington D.C. sits on a treasure trove of unique spots off limits to the average tourist. For instance, a view from the top of the US Capitol building requires special permission. A tour of the Oval Office demands an escort and a secret service agent. Another one of those special spots sits right under the White House press briefing room.

A sign on a door reading “Restricted Area” leads down the stairway to an indoor pool built for President Roosevelt in the 1930’s. The pool was covered up during President Nixon's administration and the press briefing room was built on top of it. Today, the walls of the former pool are filled with hundreds of signatures of journalists and celebrities who have visited this secret place. Autographs include the likes of music legend Bono and actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Bono even drew his face! Baseballer Bernie Williams left his mark, so did former President George H.W. Bush. Other not so famous people, but those with special connections, have left their marks as well.
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Topics: Briefing Room • The Buzz • White House
The President's Memorial Day schedule
May 28th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

The President's Memorial Day schedule

The President honors veterans by laying a wreath and making remarks at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery this morning. Early in the afternoon, he will be joined by the First Lady, Vice-President Biden and Dr. Biden at the Vietnam Wall Memorial for additional remarks. On Friday, the President issued a proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War – “a 13-year program to honor and give thanks to a generation of proud Americans who saw our country through one of the most challenging missions we have ever faced.”

Full schedule after the jump
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