The White House Blog: The President

  • West Wing Week: 10/10/14 or, "Is Anybody Here Over 25?"

    This week, the President traveled to Indiana and to California, where he spoke on expanding economic opportunity for every American, addressed the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and dedicated the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.


  • The White House Joins Medium

    We're really excited to announce that the White House joined Medium, a new, self-publishing platform that encourages people to share ideas and stories that matter. And today, ahead of his visit to a tech hub in Los Angeles, the President published his very first post. The post talks about the new American economy and the innovations that are driving it forward -- and, specifically, what that economy looks like for Millennials:

    "You may have graduated into the worst recession since the Great Depression, but today – for all the challenges you’ve already faced, and after all the grueling work it’s taken to bounce back -- you’re in the best position to break into the newest sectors of the new American economy."

    You can check out the President's full post on Medium here. Then, follow us and make sure you keep the conversation going. Here's why:


  • Five U.S. Airports Are Enacting New Screening Measures to Protect Against Ebola

    Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the following five U.S. airports will soon begin enhanced Ebola screening for all travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries:

    • John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York, NY
    • Washington Dulles International Airport - Washington, D.C.
    • Newark Liberty International Airport - Newark, NJ
    • Chicago O'Hare International Airport - Chicago, IL
    • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Atlanta, GA

    These five airports receive more than 94% of travelers coming to the United States from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.


  • The President Meets with Senior Staff to Discuss the U.S. Response to Ebola

    Update: October 15, 2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that two health care workers at Texas Presbyterian Hospital -- who both provided care for an Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas -- have also tested positive for Ebola, and have since been isolated.

    In today's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest that these two transmissions of Ebola do not amount to an outbreak, but made clear that the President is working to ensure that "all of the needed resources of the federal government are being deployed to deal with this specific situation."

    Learn more about the active steps CDC is taking related to hospital preparedness for Ebola treatment.


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    This afternoon, President Obama met with his senior health, homeland security, and national security advisors to review the United States' response to the Ebola epidemic.


  • Driving Development of Clean Energy

    Since the President took office, we have made unprecedented progress transforming America into a clean energy economy built to last. The amount of electricity we get from the wind has tripled, and solar electricity production has increased by tenfold.

    The Administration has permitted more than 50 utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, enough to power nearly 5 million homes and support more than 20,000 construction and operations jobs. The Departments of Energy and Interior are also moving forward on infrastructure projects that will bring clean sources of power online and improve the resilience of our electricity system.

    Today, the Department of Energy finalized a Presidential Permit for the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a transmission line that will deliver renewable hydropower from Quebec to meet New York City's growing energy demand. The project developers estimate the 1,000-megawatt transmission line will save consumers $650 million each year and cut carbon pollution 2.2 million metric tons.

    And we're taking action to drive reliable, affordable, and sustainable hydropower at home. Since the President took office, DOE has provided awards to support more than 30 hydropower projects.

    President Obama firmly believes that the federal government should lead by example. That is why he has set aggressive targets for federal agencies to reduce their energy and water use, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    In fact, last year the President announced a bold new goal for the federal government to consume 20% of its power from renewable sources by 2020 – and federal agencies are already stepping up to this challenge in a big way.


  • President Obama Speaks at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication

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    This afternoon, President Obama spoke at the dedication for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, honoring heroes who have sacrificed on behalf of our nation.

    In his remarks, the President made clear that we must provide proper care for our veterans, noting: "When our wounded veterans set out on that long road of recovery, we need to move heaven and earth to make sure they get every single benefit, every single bit of care that they have earned, that they deserve."

    "To every wounded warrior, to every disabled veteran -- thank you," he said.


  • Weekly Address: We Do Better When the Middle Class Does Better

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address at Millennium Steel Service, LLC in Princeton, Indiana

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address at Millennium Steel Service, LLC in Princeton, Ind., Oct. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    In this week’s address, the President highlighted that six years after the Great Recession, thanks to the hard work of the American people and the President’s policies, our economy has come back further and faster than any other nation on Earth. With 10.3 million private-sector jobs added over 55 straight months, America’s businesses have extended the longest streak of private-sector job gains on record.

    But even with this progress, too many Americans have yet to feel the benefits. The President reiterated the vision he set out earlier this week for steps that can lay a new foundation for stronger growth, rising wages, and expanded economic opportunity for middle-class families.

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  • President Obama on Immigration Reform: "I Am Not Going to Give Up This Fight Until It Gets Done"

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    Last night at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 37th Annual Awards Gala, President Obama spoke at length about the need to fix America's broken immigration system.


  • Chart(s) of the Week: American Manufacturing is Growing Stronger Every Day

    "When our manufacturing base is strong, our entire economy is strong. Today, we continue our work to bolster the industry at the heart of our Nation. With grit and resolve, we can create new jobs and widen the circle of opportunity for more Americans."

    -- President Obama, National Manufacturing Day Proclamation

    American businesses have officially added more than 10.3 million jobs over the last 55 months, the longest streak of private-sector job growth in history. That unprecedented growth is due, in part, to a key cornerstone of our economy: American manufacturing.

    Thanks to the hard work of American businesses and the policies of President Obama, our manufacturing sector has added more than 700,000 new jobs since February 2010, the fastest pace of job growth since the 1990s. In fact, manufacturing has grown at nearly twice the rate of the economy overall, marking the longest period of outpacing the economy since the 1960s.

    The story of American manufacturing is the story of progress. Take a look at how far American businesses and manufacturers have come in the last four years:


  • Follow Along: The Cabinet Visits Manufacturers Across the Country

    Today is National Manufacturing Day, and more than 1,600 U.S. manufacturers are opening their factories up to members of the public. They have a great story to tell: Our manufacturing sector is as competitive as it's been in decades for new jobs and investment.

    The President is traveling to Princeton, Indiana, today, where he'll tour Millennium Steel and discuss the importance of continuing to invest in American manufacturing -- and members of his Cabinet will be doing the same thing all across the country.

    We'll follow along with a couple Cabinet secretaries and officials today as they talk with American manufacturers and learn about the latest innovations in their businesses and on their factory floors.

    Check back here for updates over the course of the day, or follow the hashtag #MfgDay14 on Twitter and Instagram.