Weekly Wrap Up: “Let Us Be Awed By Their Shining Deeds”
August 02, 2013
05:50 PM EDT
Korean War Veterans: Speaking from the National Mall, President Obama honored veterans and commemorated the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War on Saturday. The President praised the men and women for their sacrifices, saying,
Veterans of the Korean War -- in the spring of your youth you learned how short and precious life can be. And because of you, millions of people can keep on living it, in freedom and in peace. Your lives are an inspiration. Your service will never be forgotten. You have the thanks of a grateful nation. And your shining deeds will live -- now and forever.
Voting Rights: Following last month’s Supreme Court decision overturning the Voting Rights Act, President Obama met with civil rights leaders and elected officials on Monday. While at the White House, the President expressed his disappointment in the ruling and the group discussed ways to ensure every American has the right to vote.
San Francisco Giants: The San Francisco Giants visited the White House on Monday to celebrate their 2012 World Series championship. President Obama congratulated the team on their win and highlighted the steps they’re taking toward improving their neighborhoods by stressing the importance of healthy eating and supporting the LGBT community.
Chattanooga: President Obama visited an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Tuesday to speak about his vision for a thriving middle class. The President discussed his plan for simplifying the corporate tax code, and bringing jobs back to the United States and expressed the need for action in Washington.
If Washington spent as much time and energy these past two years figuring out how to grow our economy and grow our middle class as it’s spent manufacturing crises in pursuit of a cut-at-all-costs approach to deficits, we’d be much better off. We’d be much better off.
UConn Huskies: On Wednesday, the 2013 NCAA Division I women’s basketball champion UConn Huskies stopped by the White House. The President celebrated their eighth NCAA championship and commitment to positively impacting the communities around them.
“Last year, players visited the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with serious illnesses; joined the Walk for Autism,” the President said. “Geno just held his 11th annual charity golf tournament. And while you may be rivals with Baylor on the court, you joined together off the court to raise over $30,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.”
Health Care Help for Businesses: Thursday marked the launch of a new website – Business.USA.gov/healthcare – a one-stop-shop for business leaders with questions about the Affordable Care Act. The site allows employers to received tailored information on how Obamacare affects their businesses – from measures to help slow the growth of health care costs to tax credits for small businesses.