The White House Blog: The President

  • The Untold Stories of Women in Science and Technology: Let's Write Them Permanently into History

    A painting of an elegantly dressed woman named Lady Ada Lovelace hangs on the wall at the U.K. Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.

    She's considered to be the world's first programmer -- but most people have never heard of her.

    Ada Lovelace's experience remains all too familiar: So many of the breakthrough contributions of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields continue to go untold, too often fading into obscurity.

    Join us in doing something to change that: Listen to women from across the Obama administration share the untold stories of women who’ve inspired us.

    Then add an untold history of your own, and make a commitment to share these stories in any way you can to help inspire more young women and men to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

  • Excerpts from President Obama's Telemundo and Univision Interviews

    President Obama Interview with Jose Diaz Balart

    President Barack Obama participates in an interview on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo at the Casa Azafrán community center in Nashville, Tenn. December 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    This week, President Obama participated in an interview with Jose Diaz-Balart from Telemundo/MSNBC and Jorge Ramos of Univision to discuss his recent executive actions to fix as much of our broken immigration system as he can while urging Congress to pass a comprehensive bill to get the job done, among several other topics. Here are some highlights from the interviews:

  • Invest in US: President Obama Convenes the White House Summit on Early Education

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    "What makes America exceptional isn't just the size of our economy or our influence around the globe. [It's] the promise we make to our children; the idea that no matter who they are, what they look like, where they start, how much their parents earn, they can make it if they try. It’s the essential promise of America -- that where you start should not and will not determine how far you can go."

    -- President Obama, December 10, 2014

    President Obama convened the White House Summit on Early Education today, bringing together a number of policymakers, school superintendents, corporate and community leaders, and others to talk about the importance of quality early childhood education.

    In addition to announcing a collective investment of more than $1 billion in the education and development of our young children, today's summit also highlighted the launch of Invest in US -- a new initiative created by the nonprofit First Five Years Fund, in partnership with private philanthropic leaders. 

  • This Day in History: Four Presidents – and a VP – Received the Nobel Peace Prize

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    As we reminisce on our rich history here at the White House, this post is unique -- as we are looking back at not just one but five separate years.

    Since the creation of the Nobel Peace Prize, four U.S. Presidents and one Vice President have received the award, which is presented each year on December 10.

    Keep reading to find out more about the history of Nobel Peace Prizes here at the White House.

  • "I'm the Big Elf": President Obama Helps the First Lady Deliver Toys for Tots

    President Obama: "Ho, ho, ho!"

    First Lady Michelle Obama: "That's a pretty serious, ho, ho, ho."

    Sorting toys can be a serious business, and that's why First Lady Michelle Obama brought along a special helper to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. today. "I'm the big elf," the President declared. "I'm like Will Ferrell." 

  • President Obama Is the First President to Write a Line of Code

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    On Monday afternoon, President Obama became the first president to write a line of code.

    As part of the "Hour of Code" -- an online event to promote Computer Science Education Week -- the President and Vice President joined middle-school students from New Jersey for a computer coding exercise.

    President Obama spoke about the importance of strengthening STEM education, especially for girls and students underrepresented in STEM fields: "Part of what we're realizing is that we're starting too late when it comes to making sure that our young people are familiar with not just how to play a video game, but how to create a video game."

    The President highlighted our country's tradition as innovators, noting that "one of the great things about America is that we invent and make stuff, not just use it."

    And what did the Coder-in-Chief write for his first line of code?


  • Excerpts from President Obama's BET Interview on Race Relations, and the Progress We Still Have to Make

    President Obama interviews with Jeff Johnson of BET

    President Barack Obama interviews with Jeff Johnson of BET in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    In light of the unrest across the country following the recent police-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others, President Obama sat down with BET's Jeff Johnson to share his thoughts on race relations in America, and our next steps forward as a country.

  • President Obama Answers Questions on Immigration in Nashville

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    President Obama traveled to Casa Azafran in Nashville yesterday to speak with Tennesseans and answer a few questions about the recent steps he took to fix our broken immigration system. 

    Nashville is a city brimming with the vitality that immigrants bring to a local economy and culture. As the President said, immigrants are woven into the very fabric of who we are: 

    "They" are "us." They work as teachers in our schools, doctors in our hospitals, police officers in our neighborhoods. They start small businesses at a faster rate than many native-born Americans. They create jobs making this city more prosperous, and a more innovative place. And of course, they make the food better.

  • President Obama Takes Over the Colbert Report

    As the Colbert Report winds down to its final episode, Stephen Colbert traveled south to George Washington University last night to sit down with President Obama -- or, as Stephen prefers, the man who once sat down with Bill O'Reilly. 

    It was a memorable meeting of two great leaders -- one of the free world, the other of "medium cable ratings." They discussed health care reform, the President's recent actions on immigration, climate change, and the presidency vs. punditry. 

    Of course, the President had the final word -- or decree -- on health care:

    Most young people can get covered for less than $100. How is the President going to get that message out to the kids?  He could try to appeal to them directly through a speech or a press conference, but young people don’t watch real news shows like this one. They watch comedy shows, and I just don’t see the President going on one of those. They’re beneath his dignity.

    Watch it.

    Here are a few great exchanges you won't want to miss from last night's interview: 

  • The President and First Lady Host a Reception for the 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

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    Yesterday evening at the White House, the President and First Lady hosted a reception for this year's Kennedy Center Honorees: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin.

    The Kennedy Center Honors, now in its 37th year, recognizes "living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts."

    As the President said in his remarks yesterday, "Our art is a reflection of us not just as people, but as a nation. It binds us together. Songs and dance and film express our triumphs and our faults, our strengths, our tenderness in ways that sometimes words simply cannot do."