The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes in March 2013

    The White House Photo Office just released their latest behind-the-scenes photo gallery, which includes images from President Obama’s historic Middle East trip, candid shots with senior advisors, and events around the White House.

    Check out some of the best images below, and see the full set of 36 photos on our Flickr gallery.

    • President Barack Obama signs memorabilia for March of Dimes 2013 National Ambassador Nina Centofanti

      President Obama signs memorabilia for March of Dimes 2013 National Ambassador Nina Centofanti, 8. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    • President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in March

      President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    • President Barack Obama throws a football with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

      President Barack Obama throws a football with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    • Bo, the Obama family dog, waits for First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn driveway

      Bo, the Obama family dog, waits for First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn driveway. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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    • President Barack Obama visits Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

      President Barack Obama visits Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, March 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughtersto attend an Easter service

      President Obama and First Lady Obama walk with their daughters Sasha and Malia to attend an Easter service. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • West Wing Week: 04/12/13 or “We Choose Love”

    This week, the President, Vice President and First Lady continued to call for action to reduce gun violence, while the President announced the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, conferred the Medal of Honor, met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and held an Easter Prayer breakfast.


  • Being Biden Vol. 4: Vital Voices

    In the fourth installment of "Being Biden," the Vice President tells the story behind a photo taken with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backstage at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards. The two discussed their shared commitment to reduce violence against women and their call for all Americans to continue to speak out on this issue.

    VP Biden at Vital Voices

    Vice President Joe Biden talks with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backstage during the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, April 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Learn more about the Administration's efforts to end violence against women at wh.gov/1is2many. Read our strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls globally here.

    You can listen to the full series at whitehouse.gov/beingbiden, and also sign up to receive an email update when new stories are posted.


  • West Wing Week: 03/29/13 or “Where Peace Begins”

    This week, the President wrapped up an historic trip to the Middle East with stops in Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan, and then returned home for a naturalization ceremony, visits with the LA Galaxy and Kings, African Leaders, young ambassadors and Spanish-language television. He finished the week by pressing for commonsense action to protect children from gun violence.


  • Julia Pierson Is Sworn In As First-Ever Female Director of the US Secret Service

    President Obama watches as Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to incoming U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, March 27, 2013.

    President Barack Obama watches as Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to incoming U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson during a swearing-in ceremony in the Oval Office, March 27, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    A highly respected veteran of the Secret Service was sworn in as head of that agency today in a ceremony in the Oval Office. President Obama watched as Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to Julia Pierson, and praised her dedication, professionalism and commitment to her work:

    "I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the Service is extraordinary," President Obama said following the ceremony. "She’s come up through the ranks. She’s done just about every job there is to do at the Secret Service."

    "Obviously, she’s breaking the mold in terms of directors of the agency, and I think that people are all extraordinarily proud of her. And we have the greatest confidence in the wonderful task that lies ahead and very confident that she is going to do a great job. So we just want to say congratulations."


  • Being Biden Vol. 2: A Good Omen

    Last week, we launched "Being Biden," an audio series that offers a glimpse into the Vice Presidency. In the latest installment, Vice President Biden takes you to St. Peter's Basilica, just after the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis. Check it out:

    You can listen to the full series at whitehouse.gov/beingbiden, and also sign up to receive an email update when new stories are posted.


  • Vice President Biden Calls for Immigration Reform at the Irish America Hall of Fame

    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Irish American Hall of Fame luncheon

    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Irish American Hall of Fame luncheon, in New York City, New York, March 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    As he was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame yesterday, Vice President Biden recalled his family’s past coming to America – and he called on Congress to fix our broken immigration system for a new generation of men and women who dream of a better life in this country.

    The Vice President stressed that while we have to find a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here, we also have to fix our legal immigration system.

    It’s a system that is well intended, but today it keeps families separated, and actually has the effect of sending talented people away from our country.

    We have to change that. As the Vice President said, “We have to fix the system to focus on families.” And we can do that by increasing country caps and visas so families can be reunited.


  • Vice President Biden Launches Audio Series "Being Biden"

    Today, Vice President Biden launched an audio series called “Being Biden.”

    The series will combine a photo that offers a glimpse into the Vice Presidency with an audio recording of the Vice President narrating the moment and its significance. He will tell the story behind the story – of where he was when the photo was snapped, why it matters to him, and how the experience fits into the broader narrative of this Administration. From meetings at the White House to travels around the country, the Vice President will share his perspective in candid, behind-the-scenes snapshots.

    In other words, he’ll explain what it’s like “Being Biden.”

    Check out the first installment at whitehouse.gov/beingbiden. The series will be available at whitehouse.gov/beingbiden, and will also be shared through the @VP Twitter account. To recieve an email update when new stories are posted, sign up here.

    Check out "Being Biden."


  • Taking Action to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicide

    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction Event

    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction Event at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, MD, March 13, 2013. Also pictured are (from left) Janet Blackburn, Attorney General Eric Holder, Actress Mariska Hargitay, and Chief Jeff Spaulding, Chief of Police of the Westminster Police Department. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Yesterday I attended an event held by Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder focused on reducing domestic violence homicides. The Vice President spoke movingly about the changes that have occurred since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act but also reminded us that three women a day still die as a result of domestic violence. The Attorney General announced grants to twelve communities to screen victims for risk of homicide and create high risk teams to contain these dangerous offenders. He stressed the importance of understanding the warning signs that could indicate the risk of homicide is increasing and linking those victims with services. The Vice President was joined by Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, domestic violence advocate Janet Blackburn, and state and local officials from around Maryland.

    The event was held in Maryland to showcase the success of their model lethality assessment program. By screening victims for risk factors at crime scenes, in hospital emergency rooms, and in court and linking those most at risk with immediate crisis intervention services, Maryland has reduced its domestic violence homicide rate by 34% over the past five years. The Vice President also highlighted the work of Newburyport, Massachusetts, which launched a multi-disciplinary high risk team to identify and address the most dangerous cases of domestic violence in their community. Since beginning this approach in 2005, there have been no domestic violence homicides in Newburyport. The grants announced today will help communities around the country replicate these two successful models.


  • West Wing Week: 03/08/13 or “Jedi Mind-Meld”

    This week, the President urged Congress to resolve harmful budget cuts and reduce the deficit in a way that helps grow the economy and strengthen the middle class, held his first Cabinet meeting of the second term, announced three key Cabinet nominations, and signed the Violence Against Women Act.