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The White House
For Immediate Release

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: The global leadership of the United States


Office of the Press Secretary

EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 AM ET, SATURDAY, September 27, 2014

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: The global leadership of the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – In this week’s message, Juan Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Latin American Affairs, reiterated the forceful and optimistic message of American leadership that the President delivered in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week. America is leading the world against the most pressing challenges, including the fight to degrade and destroy ISIL, the effort to stop the Ebola epidemic, and the movement to confront the threat from climate change. The world looks to America and its commitment to freedom in the face of uncertainly, and as the President said, it will continue to do so for generations to come.

The audio of the address and video of the message will be available online HERE.

Remarks of Juan Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Latin American Affairs

Spanish Weekly Address

The White House

Hi, everybody.  American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world.  That was true this week, as we mobilized the world to confront some of our most urgent challenges.

America is leading the world in the fight to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.  On Monday, our brave men and women in uniform began air strikes against ISIL targets in Syria.  And they weren’t alone.  The President made clear that America would act as part of a broad coalition, and we were joined in this action by friends and partners, including Arab nations.  At the United Nations in New York, the President worked to build more support for this coalition; to cut off terrorist financing; and to stop the flow of foreign fighters into and out of that region.  And in his address to the UN, the President  challenged the world – especially Muslim communities – to reject the ideology of violent extremism, and to do more to tap the extraordinary potential of their young people. 

America is leading the effort to rally the world against Russian aggression in Ukraine.  Along with our allies, we will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy. America is leading the fight to contain and combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.  We’re deploying our doctors and scientists – supported by our military – to help corral the outbreak and pursue new treatments.  Other nations are stepping up their efforts, too, sending money, supplies, and personnel.  And we will continue to rally other countries to join us in making concrete commitments to fight this disease, and enhance global health security for the long-term.

America is engaging more partners and allies than ever to confront the growing threat of climate change before it’s too late.  In Latin America, we applaud the leadership of countries like Peru, who is advancing our joint efforts and will host the UN Climate Change Conference this December in Lima.  We’re doing our part, and helping developing nations do theirs.  At home, we’ve invested in clean energy, cut carbon pollution, and created new jobs in the process.  Abroad, our climate assistance now reaches more than 120 nations. 

The people of the world look to us to lead.  And we welcome that responsibility.  We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom.  And as we showed the world this week, we are prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.