The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • White House Hangout: Vice President Biden and Mayors Discuss Reducing Gun Violence

    Update: The Hangout with Vice President Biden has concluded. Watch the full video below or on YouTube.

    This week, Vice President Biden will host a virtual conversation with mayors around the country to discuss commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. Mayors know first hand the impact of gun violence on communities across the country – and they've come together to demand action.

    On Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT, the Vice President and mayors will discuss how we can protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. We hope you'll tune in.

    During the Google+ Hangout, Vice President Biden will be joined by:

    • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN
    • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
    • Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
    • Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek, WI

    Watch the hangout with Vice President Biden and mayors live on Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT on WhiteHouse.gov, or tune in to the White House's Google+ page or YouTube channel.


  • President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2012 Tax Returns

    Today, the President released his 2012 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $608,611. The Obamas paid $112,214 in total tax. 

    The President and First Lady also reported donating $150,034 – or about 24.6 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 33 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $103,871 to the Fisher House Foundation.

    The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 18.4 percent. The President believes we must reform our tax system which is why he has proposed policies like the Buffett Rule that would ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share while protecting families making under $250,000 from seeing their taxes go up. Under the President’s own tax proposals, including limitations on the value of tax preferences for high-income households, he would pay more in taxes while ensuring we cut taxes for the middle class and those trying to get in it.


  • 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."