“When friends are in trouble, America helps”: President Obama speaks on aid to Philippines, 11/14/13

The President:

“I just want to say a few words about the tragedy that’s unfolded in Philippines. Over the past few days, I think all of us have been shaken by the images of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. It’s a heartbreaking reminder of how fragile life is. And among the dead are several Americans. So our prayers are will the Filipino people and with Filipino-Americans across our country who are anxious about their family and friends back home.

You know, one of our core principles is when friends are in trouble, America helps. As I told President Aquino earlier this week, the United States will continue to offer whatever assistance we can. Our military personnel and USAID team do this better than anybody in the world. And they’ve been already on the ground working tirelessly to deliver food, water, medicine, shelter and to help with airlift.

Today, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George Washington and other ships arrived to help with search and rescue, as well as supplies, medical care and logistical support.

And more help is on the way. America’s strength, of course has always been more than just about what our government can do; it’s also about what our citizens can do. It’s about the bigheartedness of the American people when they see other folks in trouble.

So today, I would encourage everybody who wants to help to visit WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon. That’s WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon, and that’ll offer you links to organizations that are working on the ground in ways that you can support their efforts. Our friends in the Philippines will face a long, hard road ahead, but they’ll continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”

Source (part of longer remarks on Affordable Care Act): wapo.st/1754nye

Fact Sheet: Haiyan’s impact as well as response and recovery efforts http://1.usa.gov/HLyFwy

Map of affected areas in Philippines http://1.usa.gov/1j7ybfK

Statement by the President Encouraging Americans to Support Relief Efforts in the Philippines, 11/13/13

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of the Philippines as they mourn so many loved ones and neighbors lost in the awful destruction of Typhoon Haiyan. Here in the United States, we’re offering our support to our fellow Filipino-Americans who are worried for family and friends back home. The friendship between our two countries runs deep, and when our friends are in trouble, America helps. That’s why, as I pledged to President Aquino yesterday, the United States will continue to offer whatever assistance we can.

Our support is rooted in the compassion and generosity of the American people who, time and again, have stepped up and helped those in need around the world. Today, I encourage Americans who want to help our Filipino friends to visit whitehouse.gov/typhoon, which offers links to organizations working in the Philippines and ways to support their efforts. With so many families and communities in the Philippines in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medicine, even small contributions can make a big difference and help save lives.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to do our part. Our USAID and military personnel are on the ground and working around the clock. The first American planes carrying emergency supplies and food for 10,000 families have arrived. U.S. ships, including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, are on their way to the scene to help expand search and rescue operations, provide logistical support and medical care, and provide a platform for helicopters to move supplies to remote areas.

Recovering from one of the strongest storms ever recorded will take years. But the strength, resilience and faith of the Filipino people are legendary, and the areas affected by this storm are some of the same places where Americans and Filipinos sacrificed together to liberate the Philippines during World War II. Today, our message to our Filipino allies is that we stand with you once more. In the difficult days ahead, we’ll do our part to help you recover. And as you rebuild from this terrible storm, you will continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”



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