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Lindsay HolstApril 19, 2014
05:48 AM EDT
In this week's address, the President offers his warmest greetings as millions of Americans celebrate Easter this Sunday and recounts the Passover Seder he hosted at the White House earlier this week, joining Jewish families around the world in their celebration. The President looks forward to taking part with his family in the hope and joy of the Easter season and reminds all Americans, no matter their faith, of the common thread that binds us.
David HudsonApril 18, 2014
06:38 PM EDT
This afternoon, the President welcomed the U.S. Naval Academy’s football team to the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy once again.
Since 1972, the trophy has been awarded each season to the winner of a triangular series between the Army Black Knights, the Navy Midshipmen, and the Air Force Falcons. Today marked Navy’s ninth time receiving the trophy in the past 11 years.
Talk about a hot streak.
April 18, 2014
06:01 PM EDT
This week, the President observed a moment of silence and announced that 8 million Americans have now signed up for private health insurance through the Marketplace; the Vice President joined the President to cheer on the Soldier Ride, and signed up for Instagram and took his first selfie; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
On Tuesday, the President, along with some of his senior advisers, observed a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 15, 2014
Kasie CoccaroApril 18, 2014
05:00 PM EDT
On Monday, April 21, more than 30,000 guests will hop on down to the South Lawn of the White House for the 136th Easter Egg Roll. To celebrate, we've compiled the 10 most eggcellent Easter Egg Roll GIFs, because that's how we roll.
This year's Easter Egg Roll will include more GIF-able moments and all the fun will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll — featuring appearances by Ariana Grande, Jim Carrey, Robert Griffin III, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE, and Cookie Monster. Tune in and follow along using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll.
Without further ado, here are the 10 most eggcellent moments from past Easter Egg Rolls — all scrambled up in no particular order.
1. That time Bo wore bunny ears
April 18, 2014
04:59 PM EDT
Earlier this week, while traveling to Oakdale, Pennsylvania to talk about the importance of reforming America's job-training programs, the President was treated to a rock-and-roll surprise.
Local band Comfort Tech transformed their driveway into a stage, and as the President's motorcade drove by, he spotted the musicians and wanted to meet them.
"Secret Service wouldn't let me go down and hear you play, but I figured at least I could say thanks for offering to play," the President told the musicians.
The President and Vice President chatted with the band and took a few pictures, and we got it all on tape.
Kasie CoccaroApril 18, 2014
02:30 PM EDT
This Spring, the White House will once again welcome guests from across the country to the South Lawn to view the White House Kitchen Garden and grounds. This special tour features the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegtable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.
These special tours are open and free to the public on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET.
Adam GarberApril 18, 2014
12:00 AM EDT
This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.
April 17, 2014
06:18 PM EDT
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This morning, on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcomed riders participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.
Today was the fifth time President Obama has welcomed Soldier Ride to the White House. The ride begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in Friendship, Maryland, spanning a total of 58 miles.
Lindsay HolstApril 17, 2014
03:58 PM EDT
Speaking from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
He noted that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.
What's more, costs associated with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act are lower than expected:
Yohannes AbrahamApril 17, 2014
02:59 PM EDT
When President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in February, the response from communities across the country was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. We quickly began hearing stories of creativity, collaboration, and triumphs from community leaders and organizations doing grassroots work to enhance opportunities for boys and young men of color. Some organizations, having done this work for a while, shared what types of programs and coordinated efforts they have seen work through the years, while others have responded to the President’s call to action with new initiatives and commitments of their own.
We heard from a financial services firm in Long Beach, California which has partnered with an 8th grade mentoring program to arrange field trips to their office. Students fill out applications, interview with managers, and go through mock hiring processes. They are then connected with mentors, and offered serious rewards (like laptops) when they reach GPA goals set by the company.
Dan UtechApril 17, 2014
09:40 AM EDT
Since President Obama took office, we have made significant advances in clean energy. Last year alone was record-breaking for new installations, and the amount of solar power installed in the United States has increased around eleven fold. Just this past week, the U.S. Army announced plans to start development on a historic solar array at Fort Huachuca in Arizona – the biggest Defense Department solar array on a military installation to date, and HUD is increasing solar on multifamily housing.
And for good reason. Solar is a smart investment. The average cost of solar panels has dropped by more than 60%, and the cost for a solar photovoltaic electric system has declined by about 50%. The numbers tell an important story: There has never been a time when solar is more affordable and more available to so many Americans. Solar is not just a prospect; it’s a reality.
David HudsonApril 16, 2014
08:38 PM EDT
In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama announced that Vice President Biden would lead a reform of America's job training programs, making sure that these programs "train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now."
This afternoon, the President and Vice President visited the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pennsylvania to announce progress on that reform.
April 16, 2014
05:04 PM EDT
As part of the lead up to the White House Summit on Working Families, we have been seeking input from a wide variety of stakeholders to identify best practices for developing workplaces that work for all Americans and better meet the needs of women and working families. We did not think this goal could be achieved without thinking of the business leaders of tomorrow, and that is why today, we met with a group of deans from our nation’s leading business schools to discuss best practices for business schools that can better prepare their students for the increasing importance of women in the labor force and the prevalence of employees with families where all parents work.
April 16, 2014
03:15 PM EDT
PG&E, like utilities across the country, faces a wave of retirements over the next five years, with nearly 40 percent of its 21,000 employees eligible to trade paychecks for pension checks. This is a trend that concerns me as Chairman and CEO of PG&E.
To help build a pipeline of new skilled workers, PG&E created a workforce training program in 2008 called PowerPathway. The program is a partnership with community colleges and workforce investment boards in PG&E’s service area, which covers much of Northern and Central California.
Last year, nearly 250 students graduated from PowerPathway, and more than 81 percent of them were offered jobs at PG&E or elsewhere in the utility industry.
Kori SchulmanApril 16, 2014
01:01 PM EDT
Today, we’re excited to announce the Office of the Vice President is joining Instagram to give followers a unique look inside the Vice Presidency. This new social media presence continues efforts by the Vice President’s Office to connect with citizens online, adding to his official Twitter handle and the Being Biden audio series.
The VP's Instagram followers will have access to behind-the-scenes photos from the road and around the White House. And today, as the Vice President joins President Obama in Pennsylvania to announce grants that will spur job training and apprenticeship programs, you’re invited to follow along on Instagram.
Stay tuned for photos and videos from the Vice President – and don't forget to check out our other official Instagram accounts, including: The White House, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza.
Megan SlackApril 15, 2014
11:37 AM EDT
Today at 2:49 pm ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
President Obama also released a statement this morning on the tragedy.
Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.
We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.
Ezra MechaberApril 14, 2014
05:08 PM EDT
Want to know how your federal taxes are spent?
President Obama is keeping his promise to make sure Americans like you can easily see what you're getting for your taxes.
Just enter a few pieces of information, and the Taxpayer Receipt gives you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education and veterans benefits.
David HudsonApril 14, 2014
02:24 PM EDT
This morning, President Obama welcomed religious leaders to the White House for the fifth-annual Easter prayer breakfast, marking the beginning of Holy Week.
At the start of his remarks, the President took a moment to reflect on yesterday's tragic shootings at two Jewish facilities — a community center and a retirement home — in Kansas. As he said today, "nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray."
As Americans, we not only need to open our hearts to the families of the victims; we've got to stand united against this kind of terrible violence, which has no place in our society. And we have to keep coming together across faiths to combat the ignorance and intolerance, including anti-Semitism, that can lead to hatred and to violence, because we're all children of God.
April 14, 2014
10:41 AM EDT
What do you do when nearly 50,000 young Africans apply for 500 spaces in President Obama’s inaugural Washington Fellowship program, the opportunity for young African leaders to learn new skills and build lasting partnerships in the United States?
President Obama announced his answer to this question today:
The Young African Leaders Initiative Network – or YALI Network – is a virtual community that connects young African leaders with resources from the U.S. government and to one another. Thousands of young Africans have already joined the YALI Network. They have participated in virtual programs, signed up for online courses, and are eager to shape Africa’s future.
That’s why President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the United States are committed to helping them succeed.
Megan SlackApril 12, 2014
06:00 AM EDT