The White House Blog: The President
- Posted byon February 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM EST
The Winter Olympics kick off tonight, and people across the globe will be watching.
As Team USA represents us on the world stage and goes for the gold, folks here at home will be cheering them on every step of the way.
President Obama recorded a special message of his own for Team USA. Watch his message to some of our nation's greatest athletes -- and make sure to watch the games tonight:
- Posted byon February 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM EST
Today President Obama welcomed Haitian President Martelly to the White House. The visit served as an opportunity for the Presidents to discuss the way forward in Haiti, and how the United States can continue to support the Haitian government’s efforts to promote economic growth and strengthen Haiti’s democracy. The Presidents also discussed the close bonds between our two countries, anchored by the dynamic role of the Haitian American community in the United States.
- Posted byon February 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM EST
This morning, the President, the First Lady, and the Vice President attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The annual event brings together legislators, officials, and clergy from all faiths and political ideologies.
During his remarks, the President focused on the importance of freedom of religion – not only in America, but also around the world:
History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including the freedom of religion, are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful. Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So freedom of religion matters to our national security.
As I’ve said before, there are times when we work with governments that don’t always meet our highest standards, but they’re working with us on core interests such as the security of the American people. At the same time, we also deeply believe that it’s in our interest, even with our partners, sometimes with our friends, to stand up for universal human rights. So promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy. And I’m proud that no nation on Earth does more to stand up for the freedom of religion around the world than the United States of America.
Every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended the National Prayer Breakfast since the initial event in 1953; this is President Obama’s sixth appearance. Watch his remarks from last year’s event here.
- Posted byon February 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM EST
Earlier today, President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to announce major progress on his ConnectED initiative. Before his remarks, however, he stopped by one of the school’s math classes to chat with students – and have some fun with their technology.
Borrowing a student’s iPad, the President recorded a quick video inside the classroom, highlighting one seventh grader’s “outstanding calculations … describing right angles” while complimenting another student on his tie.
- Posted byon February 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM EST
Today, President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to announce major progress on the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.
Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with countries around the world relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 30% of America’s schools have the broadband they need to connect to today’s technology. Under ConnectED, however, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will help transform the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income.
- Posted byon February 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM EST
In his weekly address, President Obama discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.
- Posted byon January 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM EST
This afternoon, President Obama traveled (virtually) around the country via Google+ Hangout to answer questions about his State of the Union Address from everyday Americans. Starting on the West Coast and heading East, the President spoke to Sheila in San Francisco about immigration reform; Darnell, a fry cook at a fast-food company in Milwaukee, about raising the minimum wage; and Rob in Portland who simply asked, “how are you?”
- Posted byon January 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM EST
This anniversary episode, hosted by the President, coincides with this year's State of the Union Address. We'll take you behind the scenes and on the road to speak directly with Americans like you about your lives and your families, and how together we can make sure that every American who works and studies hard has a real chance to get ahead.
- Posted byon January 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM EST
In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in October 2013. Today’s release also includes visitor records generated prior to September 16, 2009 that were requested by members of the public in December 2013 pursuant to the White House voluntary disclosure policy. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to over 3.44 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.
- Posted byon January 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM EST
Update: The live Hangout has concluded. You can watch the full video below, or right here.
President Obama's going on a road trip today, and we want you come along for the ride.
After the President delivered his State of the Union Address, he traveled the country to talk about how we're going to ensure opportunity for all. And over the past week, people from all over have submitted their video questions about the address.
Today, January 31, he'll meet with some of those folks as part of a virtual road trip on Google+. The road trip will begin on the West Coast, then the President will hop on to a Hangout in the Midwest, and end back East.