The White House Blog: The President

  • West Wing Week 11/28/14 or, "We Need Turkey"

    This week, the President traveled to Las Vegas and Chicago to highlight the steps he is taking to reform our broken immigration system, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and delivered a statement on the Grand Jury's decision in Ferguson, while the Vice President and Dr. Biden visited Ukraine and Turkey. That's November 21st to November 27th or, "We Need Turkey."


  • This Day in History: Carving Out a Piece of Thanksgiving History

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    When was Thanksgiving officially established at the White House?

    It all started on September 28, 1789, when the first Federal Congress asked President George Washington to declare a national day of thanksgiving. Just a few days later, George Washington issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring Thursday, November 26th as a national day of “public thanksgiving.”

    However, it wasn’t until 1863 -- when President Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November be marked as Thanksgiving -- that the holiday emerged as a national holiday.

    But it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a little gravy mixed in with American history, right?


  • #GivingTuesday 2014: Individual Action, Worldwide Impact

    America has developed a wide number of social innovations that have matured from novel experiments into best practices for healthy societies.  We pioneered new approaches to charitable giving such as the community foundation.  We developed national service into a standard rite for youth development.  But in just a few short years, #GivingTuesday has emerged as a potent new model of online and offline engagement that was pioneered in our country but has taken root around the world.

    Since it launched in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a case study in community organizing in the 21st century.  It follows the consumer traditions of Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the public calendar. But, unlike these commercial counterparts, #GivingTuesday offers a moment on the calendar to encourage Americans to reflect and give back.  Some might choose to volunteer their talent, others might make charitable contributions and still others simply to connect with friends and loved ones.  Through millions of online clicks and offline acts, we expect #GivingTuesday will take many forms, but all will be energized by a common impulse to make life better, especially for those in need.


  • A Page from the #GetCovered Cookbook: Two Recipes You'll Need This Holiday Season

    There's a good chance it'll take you less time to apply for health coverage than to make your Thanksgiving dinner. 

    Need health insurance? Visit HealthCare.gov right now, where you can shop for plans and get yourself signed up.

    Otherwise, be sure to share this delicious one-two recipe punch with everyone you know.

    Check out the full recipe after the jump.


  • Cinco Cosas que se Deben Saber Sobre Cómo las Medidas Ejecutivas del Presidente Obama Afectan a los Inmigrantes Indocumentados

    La semana pasada el Presidente tomó medidas dentro del alcance de su autoridad legal existente, para arreglar lo más posible a nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona. Las medidas ejecutivas de responsabilidad migratoria del Presidente son un paso importante para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración.  Millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que viven en las sombras quieren hacer las cosas legalmente, pagar su parte justa de impuestos, y cumplir con la ley.  El Presidente está tomando acción para reparar el problema como le sea posible mientras que sigue trabajando con el Congreso para aprobar un proyecto de ley completo, bipartidista, de reforma migratoria.

    El Presidente ha sido claro al indicar que no puede arreglar el sistema inmigratorio totalmente por su cuenta; las medidas que tome no será un sustituto para las soluciones de larga duración que solamente una legislación migratoria integrada podría proporcionar.

    He aquí cinco cosas que debes saber sobre las iniciativas del Presidente que afectan a los inmigrantes indocumentados en Estados Unidos.


  • Five Things to Know About How President Obama’s Executive Action Impacts Undocumented Immigrants

    Last week, the President took action to fix as much of our broken immigration system as possible within the scope of his existing legal authority. The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions are an important step to fix our broken immigration system. Millions of undocumented immigrants who live in the shadows want to play by the rules, pay their fair share of taxes, and get right with the law. The President is taking action to fix as much of the problem as he can, while continuing to work with Congress to pass a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform bill.

    The President has been clear that he can’t fix the immigration system entirely on his own; whatever action he takes will not be a substitute for long-lasting solutions that only comprehensive immigration legislation can provide.

    Here are the five things that you should know about the President’s initiatives impacting undocumented immigrants in the United States.


  • The Faces of Health Care: Ann C.


    "I was finally able to have a physical and a gynecological check-up, which included a mammogram. The mammogram showed an irregularity ... The cancer has been detected at a very early stage, which, with a 98% survival rate, has saved my life!"

    Ann, a 51-year old mother of three, is a licensed massage therapist from Westport, CT who is dedicated to healing others. As a self-employed single mother, she could not afford health insurance. But when the Health Care Marketplace opened for all Americans last year, she found out that she qualified for Medicaid in her state. That coverage finally gave her the opportunity to see a doctor -- and catch her breast cancer very early.

    She will have minor surgery to remove the irregularity and now has an almost 100% chance of survival. What's more, the cost of the screening and minor procedure will be far less than treating a more developed cancer down the line. 

    Thanks to HealthCare.gov, she got the care she needed when she needed it most. 

    Find out how you can get covered at HealthCare.gov. Already insured? Commit to get your friends and family the insurance they need here

    Read more stories about Americans whose lives are being made better by health reform.


  • Taking Action to Attract High-Skilled Immigrants, Graduates, and Entrepreneurs

    The President is taking action, within his legal authority, to fix our broken immigration system. America needs a 21st century immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants -- and that grows our economy.

    According to an analysis by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the President’s executive actions on immigration stand to boost the nation’s GDP by $90 billion to $210 billion, while shrinking the Federal deficit by $25 billion over the next ten years. These actions will also increase the productivity and wages of all American workers, not just immigrants.

    Many of these economic benefits spring from the President’s actions to “make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy.” We need to build on our strengths -- after all, over one-quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years were foreign-born, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants.


  • President Obama Travels Back Home to Chicago to Talk Immigration

    Billy Lawless introduces President Obama for remarks on immigration in Chicago

    Billy Lawless, Irish business owner and co-founder, Illinois Business Immigration Center, introduces President Barack Obama for remarks on immigration at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    This afternoon, President Obama traveled back to his hometown of Chicago to meet with civic and business leaders and detail the reasons he's acting on his own to help fix our broken immigration system.

    Speaking from a Polish community center in Chicago, the President reminded us that every president since Eisenhower has used his executive authority to address immigration issues. In fact, every president for the last 50 years has taken action to keep families together and help improve our nation's immigration system.


  • Young Leaders Dialogue on Mental Health: December 9

    Please join the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and young leaders from across the country on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm ET for our Young Leaders Dialogue (YLD) Google+ Hangout on Mental Health. Similar to the YLD on Education, this YLD will cover a variety of topics around mental health.