The White House Blog: The President

  • President Obama Signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act

    President Obama signs S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014

    President Barack Obama signs S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office, Nov. 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    Yesterday, in the Oval Office, President Obama signed S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, into law.

    "One of my top priorities," the President said, "is making sure that we've got affordable, high-quality child care and early childhood education for our young people across the country. Today, I am pleased to sign a bill into law which is going to bring us closer to that goal."


  • More than 1,200 School Superintendents Take the Future Ready District Pledge

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    Earlier today, speaking to more than 100 school superintendents in the East Room of the White House, President Obama launched a new effort to assist school leaders in their transition to digital learning with the Future Ready Digital Pledge.

    The Future Ready Digital Pledge is part of the President’s ConnectED initiative, which 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. ConnectED also seeks to connect 99 percent of America’s students with high-speed broadband internet in their schools and libraries.


  • Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform

    President Obama Speaks at Del Sol High School

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, NV. January 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

    So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.


  • This Day in History: Seven Score and 11 Years Ago...

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    On November 19, 1863, speaking at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of his most iconic speeches -- the Gettysburg Address.


    What Was the Gettysburg Address All About?

    As it turns out, President Lincoln wasn’t actually intended to be the keynote speaker. He attended the ceremony to dedicate a cemetery for fallen Union soldiers who had fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. After the initial keynote speaker Edward Everett -- a popular orator at the time -- spoke for two hours, President Lincoln gave a two-minute speech highlighting the overarching purpose of the Civil War.


  • President Obama Holds a Meeting on Ebola, Discusses Attacks in Jerusalem

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    This morning, President Obama met with his national security and public health teams at the White House to discuss the latest news about Ebola and our ongoing response in West Africa.


  • The President Wraps Up Trip in Burma, Heads to Australia

    President Obama Walks Toward Air Force One in Burma

    President Barack Obama walks towards Air Force One past honor guards and a group of representatives from Burmese ethnic groups before departing from Naypyitaw International Airport in Burma. November 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Obama has spent the week traveling in China, Burma, and Australia to help further the U.S. rebalancing strategy and his firm belief that our economic ties to the Asia Pacific region are integral to America's economic growth.

    After securing a historic agreement with China to reduce carbon pollution, the President traveled to Naypyitaw and Rangoon, Burma for the East Asia Summit, the U.S.-ASEAN Summit, and for a bilateral meeting with Burmese President Thein Sein. 

    Two years ago, President Obama became the first American president to visit this country. On this visit, both Presidents discussed the progress that Burma has made in the pursuit of a more open democracy and the work that's left to do: 


  • Welcoming the G20's Commitment to Stop Ebola and Strengthen Global Health Security

    We have consistently said that Ebola is an urgent global challenge requiring an urgent and commensurate global response.  Earlier today, Leaders of the G20—a collection of the world’s largest economies—answered that call from their ongoing summit in Brisbane, Australia. They committed to continued and intensified action to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and pledged to assist others to achieve needed health security capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics.

    The communique commends the extraordinary international commitments and cooperation toward the Ebola response to-date, while urging countries around the globe—as well as international organizations and the private sector—to do their part. The statement also goes one step farther to achieve global implementation of the World Health Organization International Health Regulations, which over 40 countries and 17 G-20 members have now pledged to accelerate through the Global Health Security Agenda.


  • Letters to the President: Marla and the Affordable Care Act

    Every day, thousands of Americans write the President about the issues that matter most to them -- and my job is to help sort through them. This post is part of a series that will help highlight the stories of Americans who have written the President about the Affordable Care Act and what it means to them. Starting November 15, you can visit HealthCare.gov to shop for and enroll in a plan that works for you.

    The voices of people across America inform the President and give him invaluable perspective on the progress we've made -- as well as the work we've got left to do. If you want to write the President yourself, you can do that here.


    “We tentatively read each plan’s offerings, and were very surprised by the quality of the coverage being offered. These plans offered much better coverage than we had previously.”

    President Barack Obama participates in a photo line at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado, July 9, 2014. This is letter writer Marla Morine of Ft. Collins, CO.

    President Barack Obama participates in a photo line at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado, July 9, 2014. This is letter writer Marla Morine of Ft. Collins, CO. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



  • Weekly Address: Open Enrollment Starts Today

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 6, 2014

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    In this week’s address, the President reminded Americans that Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins this weekend. In the past year, more than 10 million people have gained health insurance, including more than 7 million who enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. They are proof that the Affordable Care Act is working, making health care more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality for millions of people.

    The President encouraged all Americans to take advantage of open enrollment, and remind their friends and families to do so as well.

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  • The Faces of Health Care: Art M.


    "On the last day of 2013, I signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and was able to afford it thanks to a subsidy. Lens replacement surgery in both my eyes have been successful, and my vision has returned to what it was like 30 years ago. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"


    Art turned 65 this year. For most of his life, he worked as a copywriter at an advertising firm in Elkhart, IN. But when recession hit, he lost his job. So for the last 6 years, he's been working without health insurance as a freelance writer and substitute teacher. In that time, he developed cataracts in his eye that were so inhibiting that his doctor said he could not drive at night. Contact lenses and glasses didn't help, but he couldn't afford the $12,000 surgery and medical care needed to get rid of them for good. 

    But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he signed up for insurance on New Year's Eve in 2013 and was able to afford the surgery in both his eyes. 

    If you need insurance, see what the Health Insurance Marketplace has to offer you at HealthCare.gov. Already covered? Commit to help get someone you love covered today

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