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Weekly Wrap Up: “The Power of We”

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Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on

The Power of We: The White House participated in Blog Action Day this week, reflecting on moments over the past year when everyday Americans joined together to demonstrate the “power of we.” The White House is constantly looking to expand public engagement, making government both accessible and responsive to the needs of its citizens. Check out some our favorite examples of how American voices matter and can be extremely powerful.

#WHGarden: Last weekend, the White House once again opened its gardens and grounds to visitors, continuing  First Lady Michelle Obama’s commitment to open the White House to more Americans, and making the White House truly the ‘People’s House.’ The Fall Garden Tour includes the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the South Lawn, and the White House kitchen garden—the first vegetable garden planted at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. During the tour, visitors have been encouraged to use the hashtag #WHGarden to share photos of their experience. Check out some of them here.

Tomorrow is the last White House Fall Garden tour of the season. It is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information, please read here.

And today, we invited 50 of our followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for a private tour of the White House gardens. Following the tour, the guests were invited inside to talk and tweet with Deputy Director of Digital Strategy Katelyn Sabochik, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, Official White House Photographer Sonya Herbert, and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson. Read about their experience at the White House here.

Staying Safe Online: On Monday, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel joined leaders from Department of Homeland Security, members of Congress, and many others, to recognize the importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Check out his blog post about the event, and learn a few basic steps to be more secure at home.

Going Purple: To honor Spirit Day— the celebratation and day of support for young people who have been victims of bullying—the White House is once again going purple online. You can check out our Twitter feed and our Facebook page to see how we’re marking the day. To learn more about what you can do to support kids and stop bullying, check out

BONUS: This week, we released the latest installment of Catching Up with the Curator. Learn the history behind the Presidential Seal with Curator Bill Allman. Check it out here.