The White House Blog: The President
- Posted byon August 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM EST
Want to learn more about the state of American robotics? Join us for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout On “Robots” tomorrow, Friday, August 9th at 2:00 pm ET. We’ll be joined by scientists to discuss the significance of robots and how they can help improve school classrooms to operating rooms.
But before you tune in – we’ve collected some of our favorite pictures of the President and robots. Check them out and we’ll see you tomorrow!
1. Playing Soccer
2. Human Robots
- Posted byon August 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM EST
President Obama traveled to Camp Pendleton today to visit with troops and their families and thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation.
“I’m here because, for more than a decade, you -— and all our men and women in uniform -— have borne the burden in this time of war,” President Obama said.
After our nation was attacked, you were some of the very first conventional forces in Afghanistan -— racing in, hundreds of miles by helicopter, toppling that regime and driving al Qaeda from its camps. Then when the fight shifted to Iraq, you were there -— racing toward Baghdad and deposing a dictator. And through years of combat -— in Tikrit, Fallujah and Ramadi -— your courage added to the glories of the Marines’ long and illustrious history.
President Obama also called on Congress to agree on a responsible plan that reduces our deficits but also keeps our military strong, which includes caring for wounded warriors, military families, and service members who transition to civilian life.
“That’s what you deserve,” President Obama said. “That’s what your families deserve. That's what I’m fighting for and that is my commitment to you.”
- Posted byon August 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM EST
Today in Los Angeles President Obama sat down with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to answer questions about housing from Americans all over the country.
As President Obama explained yesterday in Phoenix, having the chance to own your home is a cornerstone of what it means to be middle class in America. And while our housing market is beginning to heal from the 2008 collapse – home prices are rising and sales are up – there’s still more work to do.
“We’ve got to give more hardworking Americans the chance to buy their first home. We have to help more responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages,” President Obama said. “And we’ve got to turn the page on this kind of bubble-and-bust mentality that helped to create this mess in the first place.”
Homeowners, renters and prospective buyers submitted questions via social media about issues like mortgage interest rates, access to refinancing, help for neighborhoods hit hard by the housing crisis, and President Obama’s plan for reforming the housing finance market. Watch the full interview, or jump to selected questions from the list below.
- Posted byon August 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM EST
Ed. note: On Wednesday, August 7th at 1:00 p.m. ET, the President is answering questions submitted by homeowners, renters, and prospective buyers in a conversation with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. Find out how you can ask a question here.
Today, I joined President Obama in visiting Phoenix, where he laid out his vision for a housing system that promotes the American dream of homeownership.
For years, owning a home was a symbol of responsibility and a source of security for millions of middle-class families across the country. But the financial crisis in 2008 put that all at risk, and by the time President Obama took office, the housing market was in free fall. Home values were plummeting and foreclosures were at record highs.
This Administration immediately took a number of steps to heal the market that helped millions of Americans stay in their homes, save money on their mortgages and turn their communities around.
Today, the market is coming back. Thanks to reforms of the financial system that cracked down on the most reckless practices that led to the housing crisis, responsible Americans can feel more confident and secure when they borrow money to purchase their own home.
But, as President Obama made clear today, there is more work to do. It’s time to turn the page on an era of housing bubbles and taxpayer bailouts, and build a new housing finance system that will provide secure homeownership for responsible middle class families.
We see this as critically important, not only because housing and home ownership are one of the bedrock cornerstones of the middle class – but also because it is so connected to the other ones. How do most families pay for their kids to go to college, to start small businesses, to save for retirement? It's through the savings in their homes. If we can't protect American families from this kind of crisis again, if we can't build safe, stable investment in housing and home ownership, we also cut out the rungs in the ladder to opportunity for so many families in other areas as well.
- Posted byon August 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM EST
Before taking the stage in Phoenix today, President Obama took a minute to remind Americans that he’ll be answering your questions about housing tomorrow, August 7th at 1:00 p.m. ET during a live online event moderated by the real estate market place, Zillow. Watch his first Instagram video here and then be sure to submit your housing question to the President through Vine, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, or Facebook using #AskObamaHousing.
- Posted byon August 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM EST
President Obama is traveling to Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday to lay out his plan to continue helping responsible homeowners and those who seek to own their own homes as the next cornerstone of a strong middle class in America. The day after the speech, the President is sitting down to answer your questions about his plan during a live online event hosted by Zillow, the online real estate market place, with media partner Yahoo!.
- Posted byon August 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM EST
President Obama celebrates his 52nd birthday today. In honor of the occasion, we’re sharing 52 of our favorite photos of the President taken in the last year.
- Posted byon August 3, 2013 at 5:00 AM EST
In this week’s address, President Obama tells the American people that his plan for creating a better bargain for the middle class builds on the progress we’ve made, fighting our way back from the worst economic recession of our lifetimes.
- Posted byon August 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM EST
This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden wrapped up a trip to India and Singapore, the President announced a bargain for middle class jobs, welcomed the Huskies and the Giants, the American Legion, Girls & Boys Nation, the President of Yemen, and civil rights leaders to the White House, and marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
President Obama Congratulates NCAA Champion UConn Huskies: "One Of The Great Sports Dynasties Of Our Time"Posted byon July 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM EST
Today in the East Room, President Obama honored the 2013 NCAA Division I women's basketball champion UConn Huskies as a part of his commitment to celebrate sports teams that inspire their communities on and off the court.
The trip was a familiar one for the Huskies, who won the tournament and visits to the White House in 2009 and 2010. President Obama joked that eight-time NCAA champion UConn Coach Geno Auriemma "spent more time than some Presidents in the White House."
While the Huskies have a new trophy to tout, President Obama called attention to their positive impact on those around them.