The White House Blog: The President

  • On Trade, Here’s What the President Signed into Law:

    Congress passed two bills that will help rewrite the rules for our trade policy: Trade Promotion Authority and the Trade Preferences Extension Act, which includes Trade Adjustment Assistance. Today, President Obama signed them into law. 

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    That’s a good thing, because as President Obama has said, past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype. Now, thanks to the new rules of the road laid out by Congress, our latest trade deal — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — can put in place high, enforceable standards that reflect our values on the environment, on workers’ rights, on transparency, and more. 

    Here’s a quick look at the rules the President signed today and how they will help ensure American workers can benefit from the most progressive trade deal in history.


  • Delivering on a Dream: The ConnectED Story

     


    It was one of those impromptu meetings that could only happen in a hallway.


    One afternoon in late 2012 the tech and education teams had a few minutes to compare notes. And that day, we realized the same problem had been bugging us all: Internet access in schools was incredibly slow. So slow, in fact, that the average American school had the same connectivity as the average American home -- but served hundreds of times as many people.

    We all know slow Internet is the worst -- and it’s doubly frustrating when it’s a matter of kids learning, and not just a given evening’s entertainment.


    Slow Internet in our schools meant teachers in separate classrooms couldn’t do something as basic as stream a couple of videos at the same time. It meant that interactive maps or online biology lessons simply wouldn’t load.


    So even if a school wanted to invest in a tablet for every child, in our Wi-Fi world, it couldn’t be much more than a backlit textbook. If we didn’t do anything about it, school would become the only place in kids’ lives not being transformed by technology.


  • Weekly Address: The Affordable Care Act Is Here to Stay

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 25, 2015

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    In this week's address, the President called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans across the country, whose lives are more secure because of this law.  The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is here to stay. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage.  Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records. With this case behind us, the President reaffirmed his commitment to getting more people covered and making health care in America even better and more affordable.

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  • In Charleston, President Obama Honors the Life of Pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney

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    "We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith. A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered, knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who followed."

    -- President Obama, on the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney


    Today, President Obama traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to honor the life of pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney -- one of the nine who lost their lives in last week's shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.


  • West Wing Week: 06/26/15 or, “This Is Healthcare In America”

    This week, the President talked with podcast star Marc Maron in Los Angeles, spoke with Mayors at a conference in San Francisco, and hosted an LGBT reception back in the People's House. The First Lady wrapped up her trip to Europe. And the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision, ensuring millions of Americans will continue to receive tax credits to make their health insurance more affordable. That's June 19th to June 25th or, "This Is Healthcare In America."


  • More than 4.59 Million Records Released

    In September 2009, the President announced that — for the first time in history — White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in March 2015. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.59 million — all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.


  • Live Updates on #LoveWins: The Supreme Court Rules that Gay and Lesbian Couples Can Marry

    President Obama delivers a statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

     

    America should be very proud. #LoveWins

    Posted by The White House on Friday, June 26, 2015

     

    In a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court took a huge step forward in our progress toward a more perfect union.

    Today, gay and lesbian couples won their right to marry. Today, love wins. 

    You can read the decision here

    Following the ruling, President Obama delivered a statement from the Rose Garden. Watch: 

    The President first reacted to the decision on Twitter: 


  • Today's Decision:

    Today, the Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act — landmark health care reform that the President signed into law five years ago. Millions of Americans who got covered in the Health Insurance Marketplaces can now stay covered, no matter where they live.

    Learn more about today's decision, and about the history of health care in America.


    On March 23, 2010, I sat down at a table in the East Room of the White House and signed my name on a law that said, once and for all, that health care would no longer be a privilege for a few. It would be a right for everyone.

    Five years later, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law and multiple challenges before the Supreme Court, here is what we know today:

    This law worked. It's still working. It has changed and saved American lives. It has set this country on a smarter, stronger course.

    And it's here to stay.

    If that means something to you today, add your voice here.


  • Live Updates: The Supreme Court Upholds a Key Part of the Affordable Care Act

    Today, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, historic health care reform that the President signed into law five years ago. Now, millions of Americans who got covered in health insurance marketplaces can stay covered, no matter where they live. 

    The President made the following statement from the Rose Garden following the decision:

     

    "Today is a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives will continue to become more secure in a changing economy because of this law." —President Obama on today's Supreme Court ruling upholding a critical part of the Affordable Care Act: http://go.wh.gov/vV1uUX #ACAWorks

    Posted by The White House on Thursday, June 25, 2015


  • President Obama Hosts a Ramadan Iftar Dinner at the White House

    Yesterday evening, President Obama hosted an Iftar dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the White House.

    President Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan 2015

    President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan. Observers around the world gather with families, loved ones, and communities to break their fast together. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate. This year, Ramadan, which follows the lunar calendar, is taking place during the longest days of the year.