The White House Blog: The President
President Obama Signs the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and Honors the "Borinqueneers"Posted byon June 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM EDT
It was a busy morning at the White House today, as President Obama signed two bills into law — the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), and the 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal.
In his remarks, the President first explained how the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will "put Americans to work modernizing our water infrastructure and restoring some of our most vital ecosystems."
- Posted byon June 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM EDT
President Barack Obama participates in a Tumblr event with David Karp, Tumblr founder and CEO, in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 10, 2014. The President delivers remarks and answers questions from Tumblr users on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Today, live from the White House State Dining Room, President Obama took to Tumblr to respond to some of the thousands of questions that Americans across the country asked via Tumblr about all things education.
The event followed the executive action the President took yesterday to make student loan debt more affordable and manageable to repay, and covered a broad range of topics, from college access to student loans, and the steps the President is taking to make it all a little easier to manage.
(And, naturally, a GIF came out of it.)
- Posted byon June 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM EDT
As part of his year of action to expand opportunity for all Americans, President Obama is taking steps to make student loan debt more affordable and manageable to repay. And today, for the first time ever, President Obama is taking to Tumblr to answer questions that you -- Americans around the country -- asked him about all things education.
You can watch the President answer those questions today at WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com.
- Posted byon June 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM EDT
Earlier today, the President signed a memorandum to make federal student loan debt more affordable and manageable to repay.
After the signing, Andy MacCracken, who introduced the President, sent the message below to the White House email list, explaining why the President's action was meaninful for him.
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Hey, everyone --
I owe more than $75,000 in federal student loan debt -- and that's before you count interest.
So, as you might imagine, the action President Obama took today to make debt more manageable for millions of Americans is very personal to me.
President Obama on Student Loan Debt: "No Hardworking Young Person Should Be Priced Out of a Higher Education"Posted byon June 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM EDT
More students than ever before are relying on student loans to pay for their college education. 71 percent of students earning a bachelor's degree graduate with debt, averaging $29,400. While most students are able to repay their loans, many feel burdened by debt, especially as they seek to start a family, buy a home, launch a business, or save for retirement.
That's why, as part of his year of action to expand opportunity for all Americans, President Obama is taking steps to make student loan debt more affordable and manageable to repay.
Earlier this afternoon, the President signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of Education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income. The memorandum also outlines new executive actions to support federal student loan borrowers, especially vulnerable borrowers who may be at greater risk of defaulting on their loans.
- Posted byon June 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM EDT
This afternoon, President Obama welcomed the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to the White House. UConn's men's and women's basketball teams both won the 2014 NCAA Championships — so in an effort to "eliminate waste and cut out duplicative programs to make things more efficient," the President concurrently congratulated both of them. But "this may be carrying things a little too far," he joked.
In the President's remarks, he highlighted the well-known legacy of UConn basketball. This is the ninth national title for the women, while it's the men's fourth title in the last 16 years. And only once before, in 2004, has one school won both the men's and women's Division I titles. That team was — you guessed it — UConn.
- Posted byon June 7, 2014 at 7:58 AM EDT
Dr. Maya Angelou, whose timeless works such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings encouraged and stirred the souls of millions of readers, passed away last week at the age of 86.
Dr. Angelou's family arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel on Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.
The First Lady, who has called Dr. Angelou one of her "she-roes" as well as a friend, spoke at the service.
You can watch Wake Forest University's video of the service below or read the First Lady's remarks here.
- Posted byon June 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM EDT
In this week's address, President Obama underscored the importance of helping to lift the burden of crushing student loan debt faced by too many Americans and highlighted the efforts he’s taken to ensure we uphold America's commitment to provide a quality education for all who are willing to work for it. While the President will continue to take action on his own, he urged Congress to do its part and commended Senate Democrats for working on a bill that would help more young people save money.
This Tuesday, June 10, the President is hosting his first-ever Tumblr Q&A -- and he's taking your questions about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt. Ask your question here, and be sure to watch at WhiteHouse.gov/Live at 4 p.m. Eastern.
President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
- Posted byon June 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM EDT
There was a lot of action this week, both in Washington and overseas. President Obama traveled to Europe, we announced the first-ever White House Maker Faire, the EPA proposed a rule to curb climate change and make our children healthier, and more.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up:
President Obama traveled to Europe this week, visiting Poland, Belgium, and France. It was a busy four days overseas, and we have all of the highlights here.
Finishing off the week, the President traveled to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day -- and narrated a behind-the-scenes video in honor of the event.
- Posted byon June 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM EDT
Earlier today — the last day of his current trip across Europe — President Obama traveled to Normandy, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
After meeting with World War II and post-9/11 U.S. veterans, the President attended the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach. In his remarks, he paid tribute to the American and Allied forces who fought during the D-Day landings in June of 1944.
"I’m honored to return here today to pay tribute to the men and women of a generation who defied every danger -- among them, our veterans of D-Day," President Obama said. He went on to thank the people of France for their generosity to Americans who have come "over the generations — to these beaches, and to this sacred place of rest for 9,387 Americans."