The White House Blog: The President

  • Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants

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    "How do we start making high school ... more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people?"

    That's the idea behind the Youth CareerConnect grant program, which President Obama discussed this morning during his visit to Bladensburg High School in Prince George's County, Maryland. In his remarks, the President announced that Bladensburg High was part of a three-school team in Prince George's County that won a $7 million Youth CareerConnect grant. 


  • Behind the Scenes: “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul”

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    Last month at the White House, the President and First Lady honored great “foremothers” of American music -- music legends and contemporary artists whose songs express the struggles and achievements of women. The program, “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul,” included performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.  

    Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the event, then tune to PBS tonight at 9:00 pm ET to watch the full program. Check your local listings for times and channel information.


  • Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

    In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

    While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development.

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  • Weekly Wrap Up: Millions Get Covered, Team USA Visits, and More

    This week, the President announced that 7.1 million Americans got covered, and the First Lady worked with students to plant the Kitchen Garden. Plus, 2014 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians visited the White House. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.


    7.1 Million Americans: Covered

    The numbers don't lie -- the Affordable Care Act is working. By the end of open enrollment on March 31, 7.1 million Americans had signed up for coverage.

    In a Rose Garden speech, President Obama celebrated the news: "the bottom line is this: under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up and the growth of health care costs is down, and that’s good for our middle class and that’s good for our fiscal future."


  • You're Invited: White House Easter Egg Roll Social

    Ed. Note: Registration for this event is now closed. For more information about the 2014 Easter Egg Roll check out WH.gov/EasterEggRoll.

    On Monday, April 21, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. For our next White House Social, we are giving our followers of @LetsMove and @FLOTUS on Twitter, or @MichelleObama on Instagram, a chance to attend. 

    Interested in attending the White House Easter Egg Roll? Sign up for your chance to join us and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll at WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. All applicants must have children ages 5 to 13. 

    White House Easter Egg Social 2014

    After you sign up, help spread the word! Let your followers know that you submitted your entry for the #EasterEggRoll Social.


  • Beneficial Ownership Legislation Proposal

    Every year, money launderers, corrupt officials, tax evaders, and drug lords exploit legal loopholes to create anonymous shell companies to hide millions of dollars offshore. President Obama strongly believes that we cannot allow these abuses to continue, both in other countries and here in the United States. That's why he has put forward a proposal to close these loopholes with the goal of making anonymous shell corporations a thing of the past under U.S. law. 

    The White House announced last month as part of the President’s budget a legislative proposal to help law enforcement investigate the use of shell companies that are set up to engage in illegal activity, including the laundering of illicit proceeds. The President’s proposal would require all companies formed in any state to obtain a federal tax employee identification number. This proposal would require the Internal Revenue Service to collect information on the beneficial owner of any legal entity organized in any state, and would allow law enforcement to access that information. This proposal builds on the leadership of Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), who has long been an advocate for shuttering these tax loopholes and promoting greater corporate transparency in the United States and abroad.  


  • West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

    This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That's March 28th to April 3rd or, "The Rosies."


  • The President and First Lady Welcome Team USA to the White House

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    This afternoon, the President and First Lady hosted members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House, in honor of their performance in this year's Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

    At an event in the East Room of the White House, the First Lady told the athletes that she was "truly amazed" by their performances in Sochi:

    I am really in awe of everything you do, as so many people here in America and across the globe are. Again and again, you all showed us that being an Olympian is about heart; it’s about guts; and it’s about giving it your all no matter what stands in your way. And that’s a message that I try to convey to young people all the time — the idea that if you work hard and commit yourselves to a goal, and then pick yourself up when you fall, that there is nothing that you can’t achieve.


  • Combating Climate Change: Secretary Hagel Hosts the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts a roundtable meeting with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2, 2014.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts a roundtable meeting with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2, 2014. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

    As this week’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reminds us, combating climate change requires more than cutting greenhouse gas emissions. We must also prepare for the impacts that we can’t avoid, and the United States must continue to help our allies and partners do the same. That’s what American leadership is about.

    That leadership is on display this week in Hawaii, where Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is hosting the 10 defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a first-of-its-kind gathering on U.S. soil. One of the goals of this meeting is to identify how our militaries can work together more effectively to tackle non-traditional security challenges, including climate change and natural disasters.


  • Giving America a Raise: President Obama Delivers Remarks About Raising the Minimum Wage

    Yesterday afternoon at the University of Michigan, President Obama explained the critical importance of raising the national minimum wage.

    "Raising the minimum wage is not going to solve all of our economic challenges," the President said in his remarks. "But here's one thing we do believe: Nobody who works full-time should be raising their family in poverty, right? If you're working, if you're responsible, you should be able to pay the rent, pay the bills."

    Yet millions of working Americans currently can't afford those basics. "All across the country," he said, "you can work full-time on the minimum wage and still be in poverty."