The White House Blog: The President
- Posted byon January 31, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT
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 4:25 PM EDT
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 12:12 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon January 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM EDT
Following his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama is traveling around the country to talk more about the importance of opportunity for all.
Earlier today, President Obama visited a General Electric gas engines facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin and McGavock High School in Nashville. At both stops, he detailed the four parts of the opportunity agenda he put forward in Tuesday’s address: 1) create more new jobs; 2) train Americans with the skills to fill those jobs; 3) guarantee every child access to a world-class education; and 4) make sure hard work pays off.
- Posted byon January 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM EDT
Economic growth was solid in the fourth quarter, a testament to the resilience of American businesses and families. The private sector’s strong performance in the fourth quarter caps off its fastest year of growth since 2003. And over the four quarters of 2013, real GDP grew 2.7 percent, its strongest rate in three years. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate is still unacceptably high, and too many Americans are still looking for a job and fighting to make ends meet. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama outlined his plans to build on the progress made to date and ensure 2014 is a year of action, with steps to increase growth, create new jobs, and expand economic opportunity.
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
1. Real gross domestic product rose at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the 11th consecutive quarter of growth. Looking at the various components of GDP, growth in consumer spending picked up from the previous quarter, as did exports, business investment was in line with its recent performance, but Federal spending fell sharply, and housing posted its first quarterly decline since 2010. In the last two quarters economic growth accelerated to a 3.7 percent annual rate and over the four quarters of 2013, real GDP grew 2.7 percent, up from 2.0 percent in 2012. (Note that economists generally prefer to measure growth on a Q4/Q4 basis because that reflects what happened to the economy just in 2013, the alternative annual measure of growth also places considerable weight on what happened to the economy in 2012 and thus does not provide as meaningful a measure.)
- Posted byon January 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM EDT
On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address to the nation and laid out his agenda for the coming year -- and the White House Photo Office followed him throughout the day.
They've put together a memorable set of State of the Union images -- including behind-the-scenes moments from before and after the speech, President Obama greeting Members of Congress, and audience reactions from during the speech. Check out the gallery below, and visit our State of the Union page for more State of the Union related videos and content.
- Posted byon January 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM EDT
Tonight, President Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union Address to Congress and the nation.
If you missed it, be sure to watch the enhanced broadcast of his address, featuring charts, graphs, and images that help explain the policies and issues he discussed. You can also read his full remarks here.
Have questions about the speech? Tomorrow, the Obama Administration is hosting its first-ever virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” during which dozens of White House officials will take to social media for a day long 'open house' to answers questions from everyday Americans in real-time on Twitter Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and via Google+ Hangout. Learn more and find out how to participate here.
- Posted byon January 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM EDT
On Friday, I joined Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Amb. Donald Booth, and U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page in their meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office. It was a chance for him to thank them for their extraordinary service and many contributions as the United States continues to devote every effort to helping achieve lasting peace in South Sudan. It was also a chance to discuss next steps in resolving the crisis. The United States strongly supports full implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed this week in Addis Ababa, the immediate release of the eleven detainees, and the establishment of a political process that leads to a durable solution.
President Obama thanked Special Envoy Booth for his energetic support to the mediation led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. The President also conveyed his gratitude to Ambassador Page for her leadership and the invaluable work of US Embassy Juba. The President underscored as well our strong support for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the importance of ensuring that it can carry out its mandate to protect civilians and support efforts to ensure accountability for atrocities and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout South Sudan.
The United States remains deeply committed to the people of South Sudan and fully supportive of their aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous future for their young country.
Read the President’s statement on South Sudan here.
- Posted byon January 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM EDT
On Tuesday, January 28th at 9:00 p.m. ET, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union Address to the nation. Once again, we will live stream an enhanced version of the speech featuring graphics, data and stats that highlight the issues the President will lay out for the upcoming year. You can also watch that broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and our Google+ page. But the speech is just the beginning…
Immediately following the address, we’ll stream a live “Open for Questions” event from the White House on WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU. You'll have the chance to ask your questions and hear from a panel of senior White House advisors. You can post questions now, and during the speech on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook using the hashtag #SOTUChat. We'll also answer questions from an in-person audience of White House Social participants.
Here's the full line up:
- Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary (@JEarnest44)
- Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
- Betsey Stevenson, member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors (@CEABetsey)
- Dan Utech, Director for Energy and Climate Change (@Utech44)
- Christen Young, Domestic Policy Council
- Marlon Marshall, Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement
We hope you can join us!
- Posted byon January 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM EDT
Ed. Note: Earlier today, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent this message out to the White House email list. If you didn't get it, make sure you sign up for email updates.
Every year it's the same: In the days leading up to the State of the Union, the phone rings off the hook with everyone trying to figure out what will be in the President's address.
We're now just four days out -- and the President wanted you to get the first preview of what this speech is all about. As always, he'll be working on it right up until game time, but three words sum up the President's message on Tuesday night: opportunity, action, and optimism.
The core idea is as American as they come: If you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the opportunity to succeed. Your ability to get ahead should be based on your hard work and ambition and who you want to be, not just the raw circumstance of who you are when you're born.
On Tuesday night, the President will lay out a set of real, concrete, practical proposals to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and empower all who hope to join it.