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Kori SchulmanOctober 15, 2011
12:19 PM EDT
Ed. Note: The deadline to apply for the White House Tweetup is 9:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, October 16th. Sign up now at WhiteHouse.gov/tweetup.
White House Tweetups are hitting the road! On Monday, October 17th, President Obama is kicking off his three-day American Jobs Act bus tour where he’ll discuss how to create jobs and put more money in the pockets of working men and women. We're inviting our followers on twitter and facebook to sign up for their chance to attend an event in North Carolina and tweet all about it. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/tweetup to learn more and sign up today.
Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter or like us on facebook. Then, apply for your chance to attend at WhiteHouse/tweetup. Let your followers know that you signed up for the #WHTweetup and tell us @WhiteHouse.
Past White House Tweetups have included the Republic of Korea Arrival Ceremony Tweetup, a Let's Move! Tweetup for the First Lady's garden harvest, a Tweetup Briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney, a Twitter Town Hall with President Obama and more.
Matt ComptonOctober 15, 2011
06:00 AM EDT
Six years ago, President Obama -- then a senator from Illinois -- spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
He described a man who, though not a president, became the leader of a nation. He described a man who, though he frequently wrestled with doubt, gave voice to the voiceless and courage to the faint of heart.
And the President described the monument as a reminder that King's dream of "a land in which all of God's children might come together in a spirit of brotherhood" still beckons.
In the time since, President Obama has compared Dr. King to Moses -- a visionary leader who did not live to see the Promised Land.
In 2010, the President spoke about King at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., describing himself as a member of the Joshua generation, "the great inheritors of progress paid for with sweat and blood, and sometimes life itself."
That same year, the President discussed an idea that he had heard from the historian Taylor Branch, that Dr. King's birthday should not just be "a time to celebrate service, to reflect and study on how we had helped to perfect our union, but that it should be a day in which each of us individually also try to stretch out of our comfort zones and try to do something for others and to reach out and learn about things that maybe we've shied away from."
On Sunday, the President will again speak at the space devoted to the civil rights pioneer. The MLK Memorial opened in August, but Hurricane Irene delayed the dedication of the site -- until now. At the event, the President will be joined by civil rights and religious leaders, as well as poets and musicians.
Tune in to watch the dedication ceremony on Sunday at whitehouse.gov/live, starting at 11:05 AM ET.
Nikki SuttonOctober 15, 2011
05:30 AM EDT
October 14, 2011
06:52 PM EDT
The Tony Coelho Award recognizes commitment and action to employ people with disabilities– in every available position. I was honored to accept this year’s award on behalf of OPM this past Wednesday. It reflects our work towards OPM’s simple goal: Hire the best.
At least two of our presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, lived with disabilities. First-hand accounts tell us that President Lincoln experienced depression. From his wheelchair, President Roosevelt led America through a Great Depression and a World War.
The American people hired the best in those two cases, and we need to do more of that today. We need to tap into the creativity, the determination, and the smart minds in the disability community.
Matt ComptonOctober 14, 2011
05:37 PM EDT
Earlier today, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and President Obama did something out of the ordinary for a state visit: They got out of Washington.
Together, the two leaders toured the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Michigan -- then spoke to automotive workers.
When President Obama came into office, the plant was in trouble, slated to be closed. But the President made the decision to intervene and save the U.S. auto industry from collapse. Today, more than 1,700 full and part-time employees at Orion are hard at work producing the brand new Chevy Sonic.
President Lee wore a Detroit Tigers baseball cap as he discussed the benefits American workers will see from the new free trade agreement:
"I know, folks, that some of you here may think that with the implementation of the KORUS FTA, that somehow your jobs may be exported or go somewhere else. But let me tell you one thing: That is not true. I am here with President Obama today because I want to give this promise to you, and that is that the KORUS FTA will not take away any of your jobs. Rather, it will create more jobs for you and your family, and it is going to protect your job. And that is the pledge that I give you today."
President Obama then described the trade deal as a "win-win":
"Here in the United States, this trade agreement will support at least 70,000 American jobs. It will increase exports. It will boost our economy by more than our last nine trade agreements combined. And as I said, the good thing is we’ve got a balanced situation. It's not just a matter of folks sending a bunch of stuff here. Koreans are also buying American products. That's what makes it a win-win."
Howard A. SchmidtOctober 14, 2011
05:32 PM EDT
When I last discussed the need for better digital credentials in this blog, the President had just signed the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) to address two challenges that can affect economic growth online: (1) the insecurity and inconvenience of static passwords and (2) the cost of transactional risks that arise from the inability of individuals to prove their true identity online. The solution proposed by NSTIC is a user-centric “Identity Ecosystem” built on the foundation of private-sector identity providers.
Now the Administration has taken another key step towards realizing the vision of NSTIC. Our Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), Steven VanRoekel, just issued a Memorandum for Chief Information Officers of Executive Departments and Agencies detailing requirements for accepting externally-issued digital credentials. Going forward, Executive Departments and Agencies must accept approved externally-issued credentials when they are upgrading or developing Level 1 websites (as defined by OMB Memorandum 04-04 and NIST SP 800-63) that allow members of the public and business partners to register or log on. In addition, websites requiring credentials with higher levels of assurance (Levels 2, 3 and 4) should also be enabled to accept approved externally-issued credentials where appropriate. In basic terms, this means that solutions from firms like Equifax, Google, PayPal, Symantec and Wave Systems – all of whom have had their credentialing solutions certified to meet Federal security and privacy requirements – can be trusted identity providers for certain types of Federal applications.
This memorandum marks a new day for Federal efficiency: a citizen who is a veteran, a college student and a taxpayer ought not to have to obtain separate digital credentials at each agency website, but instead should be able to use ones he or she already has – a university-issued credential for example - across sites hosted by the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Education and Treasury. Doing so allows the Federal government to streamline the customer experience and recognize real cost savings just when we need to be tightening our belts. Moreover, by using accredited identity providers, Federal agencies see to it that Americans’ information is treated with privacy and security online.
Yet the Federal government’s role in facilitating the growth of the Identity Ecosystem is only half the story. To date, a handful of identity providers have undergone or are undergoing the Federal approval process. We are eager to see – particularly at the higher levels of credential assurance – a larger, vibrant pool of accredited identity providers to provide more choices for people and Federal agencies. The Federal government has developed a viable framework for using federated digital credentials, and with this memorandum, taken a significant step towards creating a more efficient government that can meet the needs of the American people in the 21st century. Now we look to the private sector to support our efforts and reap the collective benefits.
October 14, 2011
05:26 PM EDT
Here’s what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov:
A Strong Bond The President and Mrs.Obama hosted President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea for an official White House State visit. On a rainy Thursday President Lee and his wife arrived at the White House to a crowd of people on the South Lawn. Later that day President Obama and President Lee held a joint press conference to discuss theglobal economy and how to capitalize on the strong U.S.-Korean relationship to create jobs. That evening, the Obamas hosted a State Dinner in honor of President Lee, featuring produce from the White House kitchen garden fall harvest. On Friday, both leaders travelled to Detroit where they toured General Motors Orion Assembly and gave remarks on the recent Landmark Trade Agreement between the two countries.
Breaking Records On Thursday the First Lady led 400 local students in a bid to help break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. National Geographic Kids Magazine “jumped” in on the fun on the South Lawn in support of the First Lady’s Lets Move! Initiative. Figure skater Michelle Kwan and Today show host Al Roker were also on hand.
Fighting for Jobs The morning after the Senate’s failure to pass the American Jobs Act, the president addressed student, business, and cultural leaders at the Forum on Latino Heritage where he talked about his unwavering focus on creating jobs and putting people back to work. “The media will look at last night’s vote and say, well that’s it—let’s move on to the next bill. But I’ve got news for them... not this time. Not with so many American outs of work…we will not take no for an answer.”
Jobs for Law Enforcement Vice President Biden visited Flint, Michigan, a town that has been forced to cut its police force in half due to budget cuts. The Vice President talked with local law enforcement and firefighters about the American Jobs Act and how it would both create jobs and protect the nation's "most basic obligation" to keep our citizens safe by putting cops and firefighters back to work. "This is a fight for the soul of this country. It's a fight for the middle class. ... It's about making sure America's fire departments, police departments continue to be a large part of the American fabric and be able to do their job.”
October 14, 2011
05:14 PM EDT
Lunch hour at the Raphael Weill Public School, San Francisco, California, 1942 (by National Archives, Records of the War Relocation Authority)
This morning my six-year-old son asked me if he could bring lunch tomorrow because it’s pizza day at school. He’s the first child I’ve ever met who doesn’t like pizza. I wonder how he might feel about some of the recipes for school lunch on display in the National Archives’ “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit—like liver loaf and soy vegetable chowder.
These recipes were published by the Bureau of Home Economics in 1946, the year the National School Lunch Act was passed.Federal involvement in school lunch began as an effort to stabilize the price of farm commodities during the Great Depression. The U.S. Department of Agriculture purchased surplus foods and donated them to schools. When it became a national program, the intent was still to serve agriculture, but also to strengthen children through good nutrition, and thereby, strengthen the nation. The nutritional value of liver loaf and other recipes was carefully calculated.
Kori SchulmanOctober 14, 2011
05:00 PM EDT
In May, President Obama called on the public to help identify outstanding Americans for the 2011 Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor. Nearly 6,000 nominations were submitted and reviewed this year, and the President has selected 13 outstanding Americans to receive the award. "This year’s recipients of the Citizens Medal come from different backgrounds, but they share a commitment to a cause greater than themselves," said President Obama, "They exemplify the best of what it means to be an American, and I am honored to be able to offer them a small token of our appreciation."
On Thursday, October 20, 2011, President Obama will welcome the recipients of the 2011 Citizens Medal to the White House for a special ceremony to recognize their efforts to serve their communities, and inspire others to do the same.
Take a moment to read the incredible stories of this year’s Citizens Medal recipients:
Steve and Liz Alderman, Bedford, NY
After Liz and Steve Alderman lost their son, Peter, in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, they founded the Peter C. Alderman Foundation. The Foundation works to heal the emotional wounds felt by victims of terrorism and mass violence by training health care professionals and establishing clinics in post-conflict countries including Cambodia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Haiti. Their clinics treat thousands in need and contribute to shaping a positive image of America in the world. The Aldermans receive the Citizens Medal for aiding the victims of conflict who might otherwise go unaided.
- Read more about Steve and Liz: UPI.com
October 14, 2011
04:10 PM EDT
Vice President Biden traveled to two Michigan cities this week to highlight how the American Jobs Act would help put cops and firefighters back on the beat and help modernize schools.
In Flint, Michigan, the Vice President made clear how the Jobs Act would both create jobs and protect the nation's "most basic obligation" to keep our citizens safe by putting cops and firefighters back to work. Over the past 18 months, Flint has been has been forced to cut its police force in half due to budget cuts at the same time violent crime has increased in the city.
Nationally, in the past 18 months, 10,000 cops have been laid off around the country, while 30,000 police vacancies have gone unfilled. Thousands of firefighters were laid off between 2009 and 2010, and another 7,000 could face possible layoffs this year.
"It's hard enough to do your job in good economic times. It's a tough job in good times," the Vice President told a group of Flint cops and firefighters assembled inside the city's fire department on Wednesday. "But it's almost impossible to serve the total needs of the community in bad economic times when you get cut in half."
The American Jobs Act includes $5 billion to support public safety jobs across the country. It will also dramatically improve the way cops, firefighters and other first responders are able to communicate with each other during emergency situations by deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network.
"I don't buy people who say there is nothing we can do," said the Vice President. "This is a fight for the soul of this country. It's a fight for the middle class. ... It's about making sure America's fire departments, police departments continue to be a large part of the American fabric and be able to do their job. It's about reversing the cycle of crime and fire and unemployment, and starting a new cycle of jobs and prosperity. It's about keeping you safe so you can keep all of us safe. And it's about a President and I who are prepared to fight like crazy to do whatever we can to make sure that you have the resources to be able to protect us."
October 14, 2011
12:06 PM EDT
Over the last decade, the gap between the wealthiest and those with the least has grown considerably – since 1980, real median household income has grown four times faster for the top 10 percent of households than it has for middle-income households. As the recently released Census data confirms, the effects of the recession continue to impact millions of low-income families. Prolonged levels of high unemployment and reductions in household income have caused an additional 2.6 million Americans to fall into poverty from 2009 to 2010. The poverty rate is even more severe for children, with 22 percent falling below the poverty line. These numbers are especially stark for minority communities: over 30 percent of Hispanic, African American, and Native American children today live in poverty.
Today,the White House released Creating Pathways to Opportunity, a report that highlights steps the Administration has taken to reverse these trends and create opportunity for all Americans. The President has fought repeatedly for policies to help more Americans climb the ladder to the middle class. That work began with the Recovery Act, which helped increase employment by up to 3.5 million workers at the end of 2010 according to the Congressional Budget Office. And according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, it kept more than six million Americans above the poverty line in 2009 – from enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits that ensured more than 45 million low-income Americans had the means to put food on the table to initiatives to rehabilitate homes and stabilize housing prices in 13,000 neighborhoods nationwide suffering from concentrated foreclosures. The President continued that fight with the December 2010 tax package that continued the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, which will benefit nearly 16 million families with 29 million children. That same deal helped more than nine million students afford college, through extension of the partially refundable American Opportunity Tax Credit, and secured a critical one-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits.
When considered together, the President’s actions have made a significant impact on low-income communities in five specific areas:
- Rewarding Work. From putting more money in the pockets of working families to investing in initiatives to help workers remain connected to the workforce and gain new skills, the President has made historic reforms to reward work. The President secured the Making Work Pay tax credit in 2009 and 2010 and then a payroll tax cut that amounted to a 2 percent raise for working Americans in 2011. In addition, the President secured historic expansions in refundable tax credits for low-income families. Additionally, through the Recovery Act, over 260,000 adults and youth were placed in subsidized jobs and an additional 367,000 low-income youth received summer employment.
- Reforming America’s Education System. To further empower Americans in their climb out of poverty and into the middle class, the President has made historic investments and reforms in education from cradle to career – from launching a $500 million fund focused on improving state early learning systems to doubling the funding available for Pell Grants for low-income students. And as a result of the groundbreaking Race to the Top initiative, more than 40 states have raised standards, improved assessments, and invested in teachers to ensure that all of our children receive a high-quality education. The Obama Administration has also secured $40 million over the past two years to develop the Promise Neighborhoods initiative – modeled off of the Harlem Children’s Zone – to provide communities with the cradle through college continuum of services.
- Health Security for American Families. The President has also taken historic steps to ensure greater access to health care for the neediest Americans. Within a month of taking office, the President signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act into law, expanding health coverage to more than 4 million low-income children who would otherwise go uninsured. And because of the Affordable Care Act, 34 million Americans will become insured by 2021 as a result of provisions expanding Medicaid coverage for adults up to 133 percent of the poverty level. Indeed, the Affordable Care Act is already working to expand coverage: nearly one million more young adults have gained access to health insurance because of this critical new law.
- Investment in Small Business and Community Development. The President has also consistently supported investments in small businesses that in turn invest in low-income communities. Through measures like the Small Business Jobs Act, the President has signed into law 17 small business tax cuts, established new initiatives to expand access to credit, and enhanced SBA lending programs.
Colleen CurtisOctober 14, 2011
12:00 AM EDT
This week, President Obama continued to fight for the proposals in the American Jobs Act that will put folks back to work and grow the economy. The President welcomed the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Tunisian Prime Minister to the White House, traveled to Pittsburgh to convene a meeting of his Jobs Council, attended the Forum on American Latino Heritage and hosted the President of South Korea for an official visit.
Kori SchulmanOctober 13, 2011
07:29 PM EDT
Today, we hosted the largest White House Tweetup to date -- a chance for hundreds of our facebook fans and twitter followers to attend the Republic of Korea Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House and tweet all about it. The event was nearly moved to a smaller space inside the White House due to heavy rain. Thankfully, the rain lightened up just in time to hold the ceremony outside as planned and accommodate "tweeps" from across the country.
Read about their experience and follow the story of the White House Tweetup below or on Storify.
Colleen CurtisOctober 13, 2011
05:18 PM EDT
Guests at the State Dinner honoring the President of South Korea this evening in the East Room of the White House will enjoy a Fall Harvest Dinner conceived by First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. Tonight’s menu highlights the best of local produce combined with Korean flavors and traditions.
The first course, Butternut Squash Bisque, includes squash grown in the White House Kitchen Garden and harvested last week, and honey from the White House beehive, plus locally sourced scallions, which Comerford calls “a wondrous Korean ingredient.”
The second course, an Early Fall Harvest Salad, includes red and green lettuces grown in the White House Kitchen Garden which are wrapped in daikon sheets and served with masago rice pearl crispies and a sesame vinaigrette as a nod to Korean traditions.
The main course features Wagyu beef rib eye steaks from a Texas ranch served with fresh turnip greens from a DC-area source and squash from the White House Kitchen Garden. For dessert, White House pastry chef William Yosses and his team have prepared a classic chocolate cake layered with a blend of Korean and American pears.
October 13, 2011
05:16 PM EDT
As a part of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's official state visit, President Obama and President Lee held a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House today taking questions from both the U.S. and Korean press on a number of issues including the recently passed landmark trade agreement between the two countries.
We agreed to move ahead quickly with the landmark trade agreement that Congress passed last night -- and which I’ll sign in the coming days. It’s a win for both our countries. For our farmers and ranchers here in the United States, it will increase exports of agricultural products. From aerospace to electronics, it will increase American manufacturing exports, including those produced by our small businesses. It will open Korea’s lucrative services market, and I’m very pleased that it will help level the playing field for American automakers.
As a former executive, President Lee will understand when I say that just as Americans buy Hyundais and Kias, I hope that South Koreans will buy more Fords, Chryslers and Chevys. And tomorrow, President Lee and I will be visiting with autoworkers in Michigan -- some of the many Americans who are going to benefit from this agreement.
In short, this agreement will boost American exports by up to $11 billion and support some 70,000 American jobs. It has groundbreaking protections for labor rights, the environment and intellectual property -- so that trade is free and fair. It will promote green jobs and clean energy, another area where we’re deepening our cooperation. And it keeps us on track to achieve my goals of doubling American exports.
Ambassador Ron KirkOctober 13, 2011
04:08 PM EDT
Last night, Congress passed four significant trade initiatives President Obama has advanced to help increase U.S. exports that support additional American jobs, and help American workers who need retraining and assistance when their jobs are affected by global competition. The trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama – which we at USTR worked hard to make better at the President’s insistence – will strengthen and expand ties with strategic partners in Asia and Latin America even as they support tens of thousands of jobs here at home, from shop floors to farms to service firms across our country. And the renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) reforms will ensure that workers get retraining and assistance for the 21st-century jobs they want and need.
As I mentioned last week, when the President sent the legislation to Congress, there have recently been questions about whether trade supports jobs, and how. We have a saying at USTR: “more exports, more jobs.” Because every $1 billion of exports of American goods is estimated to support more than 6,000 additional jobs here at home. And every billion dollars of services exports is estimated to support more than 4,500 jobs. Since these trade agreements are estimated to increase U.S. goods exports alone by a combined total of at least $12 billion, they will support tens of thousands of real jobs and put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans across the country.
Furthermore, the U.S.-Korea trade agreement will open Korea’s $580 billion services market to highly competitive American companies – creating additional jobs for American service providers in sectors from delivery and telecommunications services to distribution, and energy and environmental services. The Colombia and Panama agreements open up services sectors to American companies selling into those markets as well.
Nikki SuttonOctober 13, 2011
02:55 PM EDT
This morning amidst a light rain, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok of the Republic of Korea to the White House. During the Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn, President Obama spoke about the strength of the relationship between our two nations:
Today we celebrate an alliance rooted in the shared values of our people -- our service members who have fought and bled and died together for our freedom, our students and workers and entrepreneurs who work together to create opportunity and prosperity, and our families, bound by the generations, including many who are here today -- proud and patriotic Korean Americans.
President Lee, our two nations have stood together for more than 60 years. Over the past two years we’ve deepened our cooperation. Today, I'm proud to say that the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea is stronger than it has ever been.
President Lee Myung-bak also spoke of the historic friendship between the Korean people and Americans. Reflecting on visiting the Korean War Memorial yesterday to pay respects to the 37,000 American soldiers who lost their lives, he said:
It is written on a wall at that memorial that these American soldiers, “answer the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” The simple yet poignant words describe how brace and good they were.
Mr. President, Madam First Lady, ladies and gentlemen, the Korean people have never forgotten what these fallen soldiers and their families gave up. We will always remain grateful to all of them.
Our alliance is the bedrock of stability, peace and progress, and our relationship is evolving. Our two countries are working together to fight disease and poverty, climate change and natural disasters. We are addressing the issues of energy security and eradicating terrorism and extremism, and stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Valerie JarrettOctober 13, 2011
01:00 PM EDT
Yesterday, I attended a meeting of leaders from across federal agencies to discuss small business procurement. I had the chance to thank them for working tremendously hard to give small businesses, minority- and women-owned businesses, and service-disabled veterans new opportunities to compete for federal contracts.
The Obama Administration’s outreach to small businesses has been truly unprecedented. Since March, more than 22 top administration officials, including Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson, have joined more than 10,000 small business owners at 20 matchmaking events around the country.
Nancy-Ann DeParleOctober 13, 2011
09:35 AM EDT
Today, consumers got some good news when a big insurance company – Blue Shield of California – announced it will be returning $295 million to consumers and the community by the end of the year. This announcement will provide some much needed relief to families who have seen their premiums increase in recent years. And it’s the fourth positive announcement we’ve heard this week alone about health insurance premiums.
Before the Affordable Care Act became law, many insurance companies could raise your premiums without any transparency or accountability. If you wanted to know why your rates were going up, they were under no obligation to tell you.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that’s all changing. Starting September 1, 2011, in every State and for the first time ever, insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by 10 percent or more. The Affordable Care Act also included $250 million to help States strengthen their rate review procedures so they can successfully fight high premium hikes and help keep costs under control.
Making the insurance marketplace more transparent and holding insurance companies accountable is good for consumers. Accountability and transparency can help drive costs down and give you more information about your health insurance choices.
Nikki SuttonOctober 13, 2011
08:50 AM EDT
This morning, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok of the Republic of Korea to the White House. Tune in to see events from the State Visit throughout the day beginning with the South Korea Arrival Ceremony at 9 a.m. EDT on WhiteHouse.gov/live.
Following the arrival ceremony, President Obama and Vice President Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with President Lee in the Oval Office. Meanwhile, the First Lady will visit a high school in Virginia with the Republic of Korea’s First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. The school, Annandale High, is home to one of the largest Korean-American communities in the area and has students derive from nearly 90 countries and speak over 50 languages.
In the afternoon, President Obama will hold a joint press conference with President Lee. Later, the President and the First Lady will host a State Dinner in honor of President Lee, featuring produce from the White House kitchen garden fall harvest. During the dinner, President Obama and President Lee will each give a toast. Afterwards, the President and the First Lady will attend the State Dinner reception with President Lee in the State Dining Room.