I am honored to be with you today as the Islamic Society of North America gathers to discuss the ideals that bind us all together as Americans - the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
ISNA has, since its inception, striven to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between people of faith.
You represent the power of open dialogue to foster ideas and create change in our communities - from your civic engagement here at home, to your efforts to help those in need after the tsunami or in Darfur.
I want to thank Chairman Payne for his longstanding commitment to health and recognize our distinguished guests from the African Union and the African Diplomatic Corps. Thank you for coming and for organizing this event with the Global Health Council, Save the Children, and the US Coalition for Child Survival.
Good morning. It is an honor to be here to celebrate International Women's Day with a group of professionals whose work I respect and admire.
To the women and men of the U.S. Agency for International Development - thank you for all you do to promote the interests of our country while working to build a better world. You have my continued commitment to work in Congress to advance and invest in your mission and your success.
First, let me again thank our hosts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for your gracious hospitality today.
Last updated: March 12, 2014