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Jesse LeeJuly 20, 2010
07:15 PM EST
For allies with so rich and deep a history as the United States and the United Kingdom, any bilateral meeting is likely to cover an exceptionally broad a range of topics. In their opening remarks at the press availability afterwards, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron spoke about long term growth, long term stability and long term fiscal responsibility. They spoke about standing together internationally with regards to Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. And they spoke about the profound mutual respect that is the basis of the "special relationship" between these two nations.
President Obama opened on a lighter note:
July 20, 2010
05:19 PM EST
On behalf of Major League baseball players, I was honored today to stand with the First Lady at Camden Yards as we kicked off a new partnership with the Let's Move! campaign.
As we gathered with local RBI and Boys & Girls Clubs of America youth, I was struck by the First Lady's wisdom and courage to confront childhood obesity and her ongoing commitment to making a difference. I’m sure there are other, politically safer, social issues to champion, but this is not a problem that can be solved simply by pretending it does not exist. Nor is this a problem we can afford to ignore.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is excited about the Let's Move! campaign because it promises to actually do something about a serious problem facing our youth, rather than just talk about it. Today we kicked off a new public service campaign featuring 30 MLB players, one from every Club, that will run in stadiums, online and on media with the Ad Council later in the summer.Viewing this video requires Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher. Download the free player.
July 20, 2010
01:12 PM EST
Ed. Note: Yesterday President Obama honored WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury at the White House. In his remarks, the President congratulated the team on winning their second WNBA title and thanked them for their extraordinary service. The team is committed to serving the Phoenix community -– from putting on basketball camps for children of veterans to collecting clothes for the homeless. Yesterday, the team continued that commitment at the White House by holding a clinic as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to help young people live healthy and active lives. We caught up with Phoenix Mercury point guard Temeka Johnson following her visit. Here is what she had to say:
Today’s experience at the White House is hard to put into words, but if I could use one word, it would be inspiring! My Phoenix Mercury teammates and I were honored by President Obama and his administration for winning the 2009 WNBA Championship. It was a great experience and a moment a lot of us have been waiting for. You play to win championships, but to be honored by our President is a dream come true. This is not a dream that we normally have, but it feels like the icing on the cake. We are all inspired to do it again and get back here this time next year!
July 20, 2010
12:05 PM EST
Today marks the second and final day of the world’s first Clean Energy Ministerial. We want you to be part of it. That’s why we’re webcasting all of today’s proceedings as they happen, so you can observe and weigh in on the discussion. Watch it live from 10am to 5pm today. As you watch, we invite you to submit your questions and comments directly via:
Jesse LeeJuly 20, 2010
11:56 AM EST
One of the first pieces of legislation the President signed was the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- watch the video of the historic signing below from just about a week into his term:
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis gave a great update on the impact of that law on the one-year anniversary, but the Administration's work on women and the workplace has gone well beyond that as a prominent focus of the Council on Women and Girls established by President Obama. Today, the President talks about next steps in a statement:
Valerie JarrettJuly 20, 2010
11:33 AM EST
At today’s Middle Class Task Force event Vice President Biden addressed two issues that affect the lives of women across our nation: closing the gender wage gap and balancing the demands of work and family. For the majority of American families, it is no longer the case that one parent is the breadwinner while the other is the caregiver. Women now make up nearly half of the labor force, and men and women are more evenly sharing care-giving responsibilities at home. American families’ economic security depends in part on ensuring equitable pay, regardless of who is bringing home the paycheck, and on helping Americans balance work and family obligations.
The Obama Administration has already made great strides towards achieving these important goals, through actions such as passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, creation of the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, and hosting a White House forum that showcased the best practices in workplace flexibility. But there is still much work to be done.
Today, we are announcing the White House’s launch of a Work-Flex Event Starter Kit to encourage greater dialogue around workplace flexibility at the community level and bring people together to start making changes.
Katelyn SabochikJuly 20, 2010
10:35 AM EST
Don’t have time to check WH.gov everyday? That’s ok – we’ve got a new feature to make staying current even easier. Starting today, the White House will offer a brand new weekly email with updates and latest news on the economy and job creation in America. Each week, we’ll send you the latest economy and jobs related posts from the White House blog as well as a look ahead to what’s on tap for next week.
You can check out the first edition of the Economy and Jobs Agenda below and sign up to get the weekly updates in your inbox here. We'll also launch a Energy and Climate Agenda later this week - sign up now. Look for more topics coming soon.