The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • TAPS Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Good Grief Camps on Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day is a very poignant and somber reminder for all Americans of the lives that have been lost in service to our Nation. This Memorial Day weekend, as the new Executive Director of Joining Forces, I have the deep honor of attending and supporting the 20th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors. These events, held in and around Washington DC, will have 4,000 participants this year -- more than 500 children. As a service member, and past participant in the Good Grief Camp, this weekend is especially meaningful. The loss and the grief for many is still fresh and for mentors and other volunteers -- the work is very personal. So too, is the national commitment to honoring the fallen and assisting their families -- thanks to organizations like TAPS.

  • Weekly Wrap Up: POTUS Takes a Walk, Baseball in Cooperstown, and More

    It was a busy week at the White House. This week, we got hyped up for next Tuesday's White House Science Fair; the Bidens traveled to Romania and Cyprus; the President took an unexpected walk over to the Department of the Interior; a new National Monument was designated; and the President talked baseball and tourism in Cooperstown. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

    Robots Invade the White House

    Robots, marshmallow cannons, and Bill Nye: These are just some of the things that we love about the White House Science Fair. Next Tuesday, students from across the country will head to the White House to put their projects on display. You're going to want to tune in.

    Check out highlights from last year's White House Science Fair:

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    Need more science? Check out all of the incredible videos, vines, and gifs from past White House Science Fairs.

  • Investing in Our Ports and Infrastructure

    Vice President Joe Biden talks with Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, at their maintenance facility, in Cleveland, Ohio, May 14, 2014.

    Vice President Joe Biden talks with Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, at their maintenance facility, in Cleveland, Ohio, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Since taking office in 2009, the President and I have traveled from coast to coast highlighting the need to put folks to work rebuilding our nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems. Just last week, the President was in New York and I was in Ohio talking about how we’re cutting red tape to get more infrastructure projects started and completed faster.

    But there’s so much more to do. That’s why it’s encouraging to see Congress pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which will help modernize our water infrastructure, expand American ports, and create American jobs. Towns and cities will be able to prepare, respond, and recover from severe droughts and storms. And the bill authorizes work on important projects at places like the Boston Harbor and the Port of Savannah.

  • West Wing Week 05/23/14 or, “Straight A’s? Whoa!”

    This week, the President spoke on the importance of raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure, and bringing jobs and tourism back to America; invited the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks to the White House; and designated a new National Monument. The First Lady honored Brown v. Board of Education, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Romania and Cyprus.

  • Watch: The Bidens Touch Down in Bucharest

    Today, the Vice President and Dr. Biden arrived in Bucharest, Romania – the first stop on their three-day trip to Romania and Cyprus.

    Upon arriving, the Vice President visited Otopeni Airbase to receive a tour of the military exercise “Carpathian Spring” and greet joint U.S. and Romanian participants. While there, he underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5, and expressed appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security. He also discussed the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilizing actions in Ukraine.

    Watch the highlights of the Vice President and Dr. Biden's visit below:

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  • Being Biden Vol. 15: Coffee

    What does a cup of coffee mean? For Vice President Biden and Officer Peter Laboy of the Alexandria Police Department, quite a bit.

    After Officer Laboy was injured in the line of duty last year, Vice President Biden visited him in the hospital and brought coffee for his unit. Last week, Officer Laboy returned the favor -- bringing the Vice President a cup of coffee here at the White House.

    As the Vice President says in this edition of Being Biden, Officer Peter Laboy represents the tens of thousands of police officers across the country who put their lives on the line for Americans every single day, "So, the next time you're drinking a cup of coffee think of them."

    Hear the story in Vice President Biden's own words:

  • West Wing Week 05/16/14 or, “Go Solar!”

    This week, the President praised the power of solar, honored this year's TOP COPS, awarded the Medal of Honor and traveled to New York for the opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

  • The President and Vice President’s 2013 Financial Disclosure Forms

    Today, the President and Vice President released their 2013 financial disclosure reports.

    The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests. The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials. Those finances are set forth in annual disclosures which are reviewed and certified by ethics officials. Neither the President nor the Vice President have any conflicts of interest, and their reports have been reviewed and certified by the independent Office of Government Ethics. We are continuing this Administration's practice of posting these forms online here in the interests of transparency:

    View the President's 2013 financial disclosure report (pdf)

    View the Vice President's 2013 financial disclosure report (pdf)

    White House staff are also completing their forms and we anticipate they will be available here next month, also in electronic form.

    For more information:

  • Why Is It So Important to Rebuild America's Roads and Bridges?

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks on infrastructure near the Tappan Zee Bridge, at the Washington Irving Boat Club in Tarrytown, New York, May 14, 2014.

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks on infrastructure near the Tappan Zee Bridge, at the Washington Irving Boat Club in Tarrytown, New York, May 14, 2014. Construction on the new Tappan Zee bridge can be seen adjacent to the current bridge. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Did you know that 65% of our country's major roads are rated in less than good condition? Or that a quarter of our bridges need significant repair or can't handle today's traffic? 

    Investing in America's infrastructure is an imperative, but the funding to fix our crumbling roads and bridges is running out -- and only Congress can reauthorize it.

    And here's the kicker: Allowing these funds to run out will put at risk nearly 700,000 American jobs -- and more than 112,000 active projects that are currently fixing our roads and bridges.

  • President Obama and Vice President Biden Honor America's TOP COPS

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    This afternoon, the President and Vice President welcomed America's "TOP COPS" – some of our nation's best law enforcement officials – to the White House to honor their remarkable service and sacrifice.