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  • First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the Holidays with the Children's National Medical Center

    First Lady Michelle Obama reads '' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama reads '' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" during a Christmas holiday program at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014. The First Lady is seated with Elves Aaron Irby (age 9), and Kyra DeStefano (age 10), right, and Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    First Lady Michelle Obama visited the patients at the Children’s National Medical Center today in Washington, D.C., continuing a tradition dating back more than 60 years to First Lady Bess Truman. First Dogs Bo and Sunny joined Mrs. Obama to help spread holiday cheer to the kids and their families.

    After meeting with patients and doctors in the surgical care unit and with the infectious disease team, the First Lady sat down with Santa Claus to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to a group of children gathered in the hospital's atrium.

    CHILD: I knew it was Santa!

    MRS. OBAMA: You knew it was Santa! It’s a Christmas story, who else would it be? 

  • 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:

  • Here Are Five Facts from the White House Report on Millennials:

    Today, the Council on Economic Advisers released a new report that looks at the so-called "Millennial" generation. And while you might think that this group of Americans -- mostly in their mid-20s -- is all about smartphones and mason jars, you'd be wrong.

    The report comes ahead of President Obama's visit with Los Angeles entrepreneurs, technologists, and creatives -- and it takes a close look at the trends and circumstances that have shaped Millennials. It finds a generation shaped by transformation, that came into its own in the midst of the financial crisis, but is also more diverse and educated than any other generation.

    Here are some of the most interesting facts from the report: 

    1. Millennials are now the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S.
    2. They're shaped by technology, value creativity, and are innovative (see, founders of Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr).
    3. More Millennials are going to college, especially women. But when you couple that with rising tuition, they're also left with an ever-increasing share of the student loan debt burden.
    4. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they are much more likely to have health insurance without being job-locked.
    5. Millennials are moving into urban areas and they're paying rent. They're less likely to own a home during their 20s than previous generations.

    So even as Millennials face new challenges, they have enormous opportunity. And President Obama is taking steps to ensure their success -- something he'll talk about more this afternoon in Los Angeles.

    We broke down some of the report's findings into an infographic (featuring Millennial-friendly emoji). Check it out, then pass it on.

  • Watch Live: Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

    Today, President Obama kicks off a three-day Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Washington Fellowship gives 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most prominent young leaders the opportunity to engage with U.S. government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives, as well as leaders in international development.

    Watch President Obama's town hall -- and tune in for events throughout the week with First Lady Michelle Obama, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and more.

  • White House Youth Summit: Making Sure People Have the Information They Need to #GetCovered

    This afternoon, youth leaders from across the country gathered here for our White House Youth Summit. The Summit was made of up 160 of this country's finest national and local leaders aged 18-35.  Joined by White House and Administration staff, these millennial participants discussed issues important to their generation -- especially spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act and organizing to get people enrolled in their respective communities. They also participated in a series of panels and breakout workshops with administration officials, stakeholder groups, and advocates. 

    To kick off the event, a very special guest dropped by to speak to the Youth Summit: President Obama -- who let young Americans know he needed their help.

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    So I'm going to need you all to spread the word about how the Affordable Care Act really works, what its benefits are, what its protections are and, most importantly, how people can sign up. I know people call this law Obamacare. And that's okay -- because I do care. I care about you. I care about families. I care about Americans.

    But no matter how much I care, the truth is, is that for your friends and your family, the most important source of information is not going to be me, it's going to be you.  They are going to trust you.  If you're taking them on a website, walking them through it saying, look at the price you're able to get, look at the benefits you're able to get.  That's what's going to be making a difference.