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In the wake of the tragedies in Dallas and Baton Rouge, President Obama penned a letter to the men and women of America's law enforcement community. The President's letter was shared with officers around the country.

Read it here: 

President's letter to law enforcement

President Obama's letter to law enforcement

The National Fraternal Order of Police shared the letter on its Facebook page, and offered this comment: 

The reason this letter has value is that we want and deserve to change the National Dialogue.
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President Obama and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles
President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles for conspicuous gallantry, in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2016. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967 and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.
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Watch at 11:20 am ET as President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles.

Ahead of the ceremony, President Obama took to Twitter to recognize Lt. Col. Kettles, who distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967 and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.

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Watch live at 4:30pm ET as President Obama delivers a statement:


Earlier today, President Obama made the following statement on the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge, LA: 

"I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.  For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault.

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In this week's address, President Obama acknowledged that the aftermath of tragedies like we've seen in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minnesota, can leave us struggling to make sense of these events. However, the President reiterated that the country is not as divided as it may seem. He said he saw it this week when he met with law enforcement on the challenges they face; when he traveled to Dallas for the memorial service of the five brave police officers who died while protecting protesters with whom they may have disagreed; when he convened a more than four-hour long meeting with police chiefs, Black Lives Matter activists, and state and local leaders; and when he participated in a town hall where he said there is no contradiction between honoring police and recognizing racial disparities exist within the criminal justice system.

The President said that although these conversations can be challenging, we have to be able to talk about our differences. We have to be open and honest – not just within our own circles, but also with those who offer different perspectives. Because that's what America is about – finding solutions not only through policy, but also by forging consensus and finding the political will to make change.

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You can learn more about the steps we can all take to build trust between our communities and institutions.

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On July 14, a truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing at least 84 people in what French authorities have called a terrorist attack. Two American citizens were among those lost. Upon learning of the horrific attack, President Obama offered the following statement

"On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians.
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Josephine Kulea (Kenya) and audience members listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) town hall in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Josephine Kulea (Kenya) and audience members listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) town hall in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“Together, we can collaborate in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Together, we can realize the future that none of us can achieve alone.
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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush bow their heads during a prayer at the Interfaith Memorial Service for five fallen police officers in Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2016. Dallas Police Chief David Brown is at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush bow their heads during a prayer at the Interfaith Memorial Service for five fallen police officers in Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2016. Dallas Police Chief David Brown is at right.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
"Scripture tells us that in our sufferings there is glory, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
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Today, President Obama addressed the families of the fallen and the Dallas community to honor the five police officers who died in the line of service last Thursday. Watch his remarks: 


Here are a few key moments from his address.

On the exemplary lives of the five fallen officers:

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