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Kori SchulmanDecember 01, 2010
12:00 PM EST
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off the holiday season by welcoming military families who organize a local branch of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive to the White House. This year’s theme is Simple Gifts - a celebration of friends and family, hearth and home, and the simple things that bring joy at Christmas.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Simple Gifts:
Aneesh ChopraDecember 01, 2010
11:48 AM EST
President Obama is strongly committed to net neutrality in order to keep an open Internet that fosters investment, innovation, consumer choice, and free speech. The announced action by FCC Chairman Genachowski, building on the work of Chairman Waxman's collaborative effort to craft legislation in this area, advances this important policy priority.
We recognize that this announcement reflects a significant amount of effort on the part of numerous broadband providers, Internet applications developers, content providers, consumer groups, and others to finding a thoughtful and effective approach to this issue. Today's announcement is an important step in preventing abuses and continuing to advance the Internet as an engine of productivity growth and innovation.
December 01, 2010
10:00 AM EST
Today, hundreds of restaurants all across the country are celebrating “America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood” by serving shrimp, oysters, crawfish and other Gulf Coast delicacies. Since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, consumption of Gulf seafood has dropped, which is why we at the White House are so happy to play our part in reminding Americans that Gulf seafood is not only safe – but delicious. (In case you missed it, check out President Obama enjoying some seafood himself at a crawfish boil in Louisiana back in June and a video of the New Orleans Saints cooking up a gulf seafood storm in the White House kitchen.)
Gulf seafood has a special place in my heart – and not just because it’s truly some of the best seafood in the world. In September, I traveled to Louisiana to learn about the work done to ensure the safety of the region’s seafood. Since day one, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been working with other Federal agencies and state officials to closely monitor seafood in the Gulf and ensure that the seafood that makes it to your grocery store or restaurant is safe to eat. I also gathered local chefs and chefs from around the country to cook seafood for a block party for the residents of St. Bernard Parish who returned after Katrina. At that party, I had the honor of surprising one resident who walked into her new home for the first time since the disaster, greeted by the smell of homemade seafood jambalaya.
I’m excited to use the power of food once again to honor not only the Gulf, but some very special guests. Tonight, the White House is hosting a holiday reception for the volunteers who worked so hard over the Thanksgiving break to put up our beautiful decorations. And at this event, we’ll be serving our guests a seafood bar highlighting Gulf shrimp and Florida stone crabs. All together, we’ve shipped in about 2,000 lbs of shrimp and crabs from the Gulf for our 2010 holiday parties.
Jeffrey S. CrowleyDecember 01, 2010
08:30 AM EST
Today, Obama Administration officials and leaders in the AIDS community will speak at a World AIDS Day event at the White House to reflect on the lessons learned and the path forward in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the United States and around the world. The White House World AIDS Day Event will include keynote remarks as well as a panel discussion with HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates and will be live streamed at 1:30 on www.whitehouse.gov/live.