The White House Blog: The President
- Posted byon January 8, 2015 at 12:58 PM EST
Yesterday afternoon, President Obama stopped by the Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan to talk about the auto bailout, and the resurgence of America's auto industry over the past few years.
"I wanted to come here to Michigan because this state proves no matter how tough times get, Americans are tougher," he said.
- Posted byon January 7, 2015 at 10:27 AM EST
After nearly a decade of grit and grind, the American auto industry has quite a story to tell.
At the start of the century, U.S. automakers were leading global competitors in the industry, producing and selling cars at impressive rates. But the Great Recession hit our auto companies hard -- sales plummeted, the industry was losing 40,000 jobs a month, and suddenly these giants of American manufacturing were teetering on the brink of collapse when President Obama took office in 2009. That March, the President had to make a tough decision: Let national icons go bankrupt, or rescue the American auto industry.
Thanks to six years of grit and resilience -- and one decision to stand by American companies -- here’s the moral of the story: The American auto industry’s resurgence is real.
Today, the President is headed to Detroit to highlight the progress that American automakers, manufacturers, and the economy have made since the recession. See how American auto companies have roared back to life, creating jobs, generating profits, expanding business, and helping to strengthen the economy:
- Posted byon January 7, 2015 at 10:20 AM EST
Updated: 6:36 p.m. ET on January 7, 2015
This morning, following the tragic shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, President Obama released a statement strongly condemning the attack, and offered the Administration's thoughts and prayers to both the victims of the attack and the people of France:
I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.
- Posted byon January 6, 2015 at 5:51 PM EST
This afternoon, President Obama welcomed Mexican President Peña Nieto and his delegation to the White House. Today's meeting marked Peña Nieto's first White House visit as the President of Mexico.
"It's appropriate that our first meeting of the year is with one of our closest allies, neighbors, and friends," President Obama said.
The two Presidents discussed a range of topics, including immigration, economic growth, security, and Cuba. Both voiced their desire for 2015 to be a great year for the U.S.-Mexico relationship -- "a relationship which is mainly based on friendship, cordiality, mutual respect, shared interests for prosperity and development for our nations," President Peña Nieto said.
Keep reading for excerpts from the Presidents' remarks after today's meeting.
- Posted byon January 3, 2015 at 6:00 AM EST
In this week’s address, the Vice President wished Americans a Happy New Year, and asked that as we make resolutions to get healthier in 2015, we take the time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Millions of people have already signed up for quality, affordable health care under the law, and there is still time to secure the peace of mind that comes with getting covered.
From now until February 15th, you can sign up by logging on to HealthCare.gov, by speaking to someone on the phone through the 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596 -- where you can get assistance in 150 languages, or by going in person to an enrollment event in your community.
- Posted byon December 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM EST
2014 is coming to a close, and that means it's time to look back at the year on the White House Tumblr.
How'd we do on Tumblr this year? We reached more than 217,000 followers. We took questions from the public, and took over the I Love Charts Tumblr to look at women's equality in the workplace. In June, the President even held his first-ever Tumblr Q&A from the White House State Dining Room, answering questions from Tumblr users on all things student loans and education.
We use Tumblr because we're always looking for new ways to engage with the American people, and one of the best -- and most fun -- ways we've found to engage on Tumblr itself is through making GIFs.
That's why, to recap our year on Tumblr, we tallied up the number of notes -- the Tumblr equivalent of "likes" -- on each of the GIFs we created in 2014. Here, in order, are the top 10 GIF moments on our Tumblr this year, decided by the Tumblr users themselves:
10. When the President issued "The Decree" on The Colbert Report.
- Posted byon December 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM EST
To close out the year, we wanted to share with you the top-viewed videos from the White House in 2014.
As you will see, President Obama taking an unplanned walk on the Ellipse proved to be the most popular piece we released -- and it wasn't even close. There is quite a range in subject matter and style here, including a video featuring a 3D-printed President, addresses to the nation, and a piece with actor Benicio Del Toro.
For more White House videos, you can check out YouTube.com/WhiteHouse, and be sure to take a look at our weekly video series, "West Wing Week," released every Friday and featuring behind-the-scenes footage and a recap of the week here at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Raw Video: The President Takes a Surprise Walk -- 4,998,326 views
- Posted byon December 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM EST
Last month, President Obama took action to fix our broken immigration system, including commonsense steps that will help secure the border, bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, and make it easier for high-skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs to contribute to our economy.
Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform to fully upgrade our immigration system, and the President has been clear he will continue to pursue bipartisan legislation to do that. But in the meantime, the President also issued a new directive for his Administration to continue to seek out ways to modernize and streamline our immigration system within existing authorities. This Presidential Memorandum directs the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security to lead an effort across government, in consultation with stakeholders, to identify new actions that would:
- Streamline and improve the legal immigration system -- including visa processing -- with a focus on reforms that reduce government costs, improve services for applicants, reduce burdens on employers, and combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the system.
- Ensure that the government issues all of the immigrant visas that Congress provides for every year, consistent with demand.
- Modernize the information technology infrastructure underlying the visa processing system, with a goal of reducing redundant systems, improving the experience of applicants, and enabling better public and congressional oversight.
- Posted byon December 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST
On day one, President Obama committed to making his Administration the most open and participatory in history. And six years later, we’re still at it. At the White House, we're constantly looking for new ways to connect with citizens around the country on the issues that they care the most about.
This year, a "We the People" petition became law. We hosted a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day. President Obama answered your questions during a Tumblr Q&A and took a virtual road trip on Google+. The First Lady asked "turnip for what?" in a Vine Q&A, and a Maker Faire came to the White House.
From joining new social media platforms to bringing in innovators, 2014 was a big year for "first-ever" moments that invited Americans to engage with their government. Take a look at highlights from the year, and be sure to stay tuned for a lot more ways to engage in 2015.
We hosted the first-ever virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day."
January 29, 2014
- Posted byon December 29, 2014 at 3:00 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 September 2014. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.18 million — all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.