Weekly Wrap Up: "You Guys Were Excellent Wild Things"
April 13, 2012
06:30 PM EDT
A quick look at what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov:
Women and the Economy: On Friday, the White House Forum on Women and the Economy brought together nearly 200 women from all over the country to join in a conversation about the critical role that women play in driving our economic progress. “When it comes to our efforts on behalf of women and girls, I’m proud of the accomplishments we can point to,” President Obama explained.” Yes, we’ve got more to do. But there’s no doubt we have begun to make progress.”
134th Annual #EasterEggRoll: Monday’s Easter Egg Roll brought more than 30,000 people from all 50 states to the South Lawn of the White House for reading, crafts, cooking demonstrations, sporting activities, Easter eggs and more. You can check out a gallery of images from the day and videos from many of the performances, readings, and demonstrations on our YouTube channel.
In the Oval Office with President Rousseff: On Monday, President Obama was joined by President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil to discuss the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which are the two largest economies and democracies in the Western hemisphere. The two discussed a wide range of global issues, including global economic growth, the situation in the Middle East, and progress the two countries have made as co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership.
The Case for the Buffett Rule: Speaking from Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, President Obama outlined the Buffett Rule, which is based on the simple idea that people who make more than $1 million each year pay at least the same share of their income in taxes as middle class families do. With the Buffett Rule in place, the President explained Tuesday, “it makes it affordable for us to be able to say for those people who make under $250,000 a year – like 98 percent of American families do – then your taxes don’t go up.”
Happy 1st Birthday, Joining Forces: Twelve months ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces– a commitment to honor and serve military families as they have served us. As the two marked the one year anniversary of the initiative’s launch with an event on the South Lawn of the White House, they renewed their call to action by challenging all Americans to keep finding new ways to show their support for military families.