The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • Being Biden Vol. 19: The State of the Union

    In this edition of Being Biden, the audio series that gives you an inside look at the vice presidency, Vice President Joe Biden recounts his experience with past State of the Union addresses -- and highlights what will make this 2015 speech so special.

    He reflected on a photo where he's leading the Senate -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- from the Senate chamber onto the House floor for the President's address.

    The State of the Union address is where "every President lays out where the country is at the moment, and where he thinks he should try to take the country from this moment on." This year, President Obama will give that speech on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

    Vice President Joe Biden closed with a thank you, as well as a piece of advice for those who want to watch the President on Tuesday: "Thanks for listening, and make sure you tune in to WhiteHouse.gov to hear the President's State of the Union speech."

    Listen to Volume 19 of Being Biden, then go to WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU to learn more about the speech.


  • Email from Vice President Joe Biden: "The State of the Union"

    Last night, Vice President Joe Biden sent a message to the White House email list, letting readers know that the very best place to watch the State of the Union is at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.

    Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.


    We're heading to the Capitol this Tuesday, where President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address since taking office in 2009.

    Now, the idea of the State of the Union is as old as this nation itself -- it's literally written into the Constitution.

    But new technologies have transformed the address from a simple letter to Congress into something that was broadcast over the radio and then over the television -- and the Founding Fathers wouldn't believe how folks are able to watch the speech today.

    I'm telling you this because now the very best place you can watch the speech is not on the House floor -- it's at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.


  • Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America's Infrastructure

    It’s estimated that it would take $3.6 trillion to bring America’s infrastructure up to date by 2020. Across the nation, our bridges, pipelines, roads and railroads are in dire need of repair and modernization. In fact, it would cost $600 billion over 20 years to modernize our country’s entire water and sewer systems.

    To address these needs, we need not only an increased commitment from federal, state, and local governments, but also increased investment from the private sector.

    To highlight both the need and the opportunity, Vice President Biden visited DC Water’s $2.6 billion Clean Rivers project -- funded by an innovative “Century Bond” -- where he announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to leverage private-sector capital, innovation, and expertise to improve our nation’s infrastructure.

    Vice President Joe Biden tours the Anacostia Tunnel Project

    Vice President Joe Biden tours the Anacostia Tunnel Project with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, in Washington, DC. January 16, 2015. (by David Lienemann)


  • West Wing Week: 1/16/15 or, "The Little Circle Thing"

    This week, the President continued to preview some of the big ideas that he'll propose in his State of the Union address on January 20th. He made announcements on education, on cybersecurity, and on access to reliable broadband Internet across the country. For all of you who just can't bear to wait until the State of the Union, this one's for you. That's January 9th to January 15th or, "The Little Circle Thing."


  • Being Biden: A Senate Swearing-In

    Today marked the start of the 114th Congress, and Vice President Biden presided over the ceremonial swearing-in -- a long-running tradition for the sitting Vice President.

    In today's special video edition of Being Biden, the Vice President spoke about the importance of the ceremony while in the motorcade on his way to the Senate. "To see the looks on their faces, I hope they understand the incredible opportunity they have."

    Standing in the Old Senate Chamber, Vice President Biden -- who served as a senator himself for more than 30 years -- swore in senators both new and old, and met with their families.

    Watch this video edition of Being Biden:

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  • Weekly Address: Make 2015 the Year for Quality, Affordable Health Insurance

    Vice President Joe Biden Delivers the Weekly Address

    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.

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  • The Year in Review: A Look Back at the Most Memorable Moments of 2014

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    A responsible end to the war in Afghanistan. A historic agreement to combat climate change. A strong pace of job growth that we haven't seen since the 1990s. 

    Overall, 2014 has offered some great achievements for President Obama and the American people. Join the President's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in taking a look back at this year's most memorable moments -- then share the memories with your friends and family. 

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  • The Year in Review: The Top Ten Moments with Vice President Biden

    2014 is coming to a close, and, looking back, it’s certainly been a busy year for Vice President Joe Biden -- both online and off.

    So this year, we thought we’d share some of our favorite digital moments with the Vice President from 2014. From starting an official Instagram account to posting his first White House selfie with President Obama, here in no particular order are 10 of the best moments from 2014 -- and, of course, stay tuned for more to come in the new year.

    1. Being Biden: The Vice President meets a powerlifter.


  • West Wing Week: 12/12/14 or, "Zeros & Ones"

    This week, the President nominated a Secretary of Defense, coded with a group of budding computer scientists, took over as host of The Colbert Report, pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, hosted a summit on high quality early education, and welcomed this year's Kennedy Center Honorees to the White House. That's December 5th to December 11th or, "Zeros & Ones."


  • Honoring Lifelong Efforts to End Violence Against Women

    Vice President Biden at Vital Voices

    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Vital Voices of Solidarity Awards ceremony, in New York City, New York, Dec. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    On Wednesday night, I attended an important event honoring Vice President Biden for his work to reduce violence against women. Hosted by Vital Voices, a leading advocacy organization, the event recognized men who have been leading the fight to end gender-based violence around the globe. Vice President Biden was honored for his role as the author of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This groundbreaking legislation is credited for the dramatic decline in domestic violence in the U.S. over the past 20 years.

    The Vice President was introduced by Vital Voices board member and women’s activist Diane von Furstenberg who said, “for his leadership, courage, and relentless spirit, on behalf of Vital Voices, it is my privilege to recognize Vice President Joe Biden with the Solidarity Award.”

    As he accepted the award, Vice President Biden spoke in stark terms about the violence women suffer around the globe and how much more there is to do. “For, as I speak, there are thousands of women around the world being brutalized, mutilated, killed – at the hands of those who allegedly love them,” he said.