The White House Blog: The President

  • This Day in History: Celebrating Women in STEM at The White House Science Fair

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    113 years ago today, Emmy Noether, one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, was born in Germany. Denied and discouraged as a woman, Noether is finally getting the respect she deserves for her brilliant underpaid and unpaid contributions. Featured in today’s Google Doodle, each circle illustrated symbolizes a branch of math or physics to which Noether made groundbreaking contributions. 

     

    Her trailblazing work has inspired women in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) to continue to shatter the glass celling. And today, more women than ever were invited to the 5th-annual White House Science Fair.


    That makes this the second year in a row that women scientists represented the majority at the White House Science Fair. 



  • Email: Better with Obamacare

    Last night, we sent this message to the White House email list updating America on The Affordable Care Act to mark the five year anniversary since it became law. Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.


    Better with Obamacare:

    On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed a historic law that has transformed the lives of millions of Americans.

    Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act will celebrate five years of significant progress. That's a fact that people across the country can see in more affordable coverage, higher quality care, and better health, thanks to Obamacare.

    After five years of the ACA:

    More than 16 million

    Americans have gained health coverage

    Take a look back at history in the making:


  • Promoting Skills and Training for Low-Income Workers

    Last year, the President directed Vice President Biden to lead a review of federal job training programs in order to identify and implement steps to make these programs more “job-driven” and responsive to the needs of employers. The idea was that -- even as the economy continues to recover, with more open jobs than at any point since 2001 -- we need to do more to make sure that we are giving workers the skills they need to compete for those jobs. This is core to the President’s vision for “middle-class economics,” in which Americans who are unemployed or in low-wage jobs have the opportunity to train and find jobs that create pathways to the middle-class.


    Friday, as part of this effort, Secretaries Vilsack and Perez announced $200 million for projects designed to identify the most effective strategies to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) improve their skills and find jobs.



  • Promoting Skills and Training for Low-Income Workers

    Last year, the President directed Vice President Biden to lead a review of federal job training programs in order to identify and implement steps to make these programs more “job-driven” and responsive to the needs of employers. The idea was that -- even as the economy continues to recover, with more open jobs than at any point since 2001 -- we need to do more to make sure that we are giving workers the skills they need to compete for those jobs. This is core to the President’s vision for “middle-class economics,” in which Americans who are unemployed or in low-wage jobs have the opportunity to train and find jobs that create pathways to the middle-class.


    Friday, as part of this effort, Secretaries Vilsack and Perez announced $200 million for projects designed to identify the most effective strategies to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) improve their skills and find jobs.



  • What You Missed: The White House Student Film Festival

    This weekend, President Obama hosted the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Check out who kicked off the show!

    A few months ago, we asked students across the country to create short films about the Impact of Giving Back, and to show us what service meant to them. We received more than 1,500 submissions this year, and this past Friday and Saturday, we screened our 15 Official Selections at the White House.

    We saw films that showcased a real drive to give back. We saw students go into their communities and make changes to help others. We saw young filmmakers show how one person really can make a difference, big or small. We even saw one superhero who used his super powers for good. 

    And "kid president" wasn't the only person to lend his star-power to the event. Hilary Swank, Steve McQueen, Jake Johnson, Terrence J, LaLa Anthony, Kal Penn, Amber Riley, Michael Ealy, and Will Packer all joined us at the White House to support the President’s Call to Arts initiative, and to emphasize the importance of giving back to your community at the White House Student Film Fest.

    Even though the film fest is over, the fun isn't. At the film fest, the President committed himself to making a difference too! On Friday, he announced the creation of the new Call to Arts initiative, a program in partnership with the American Film Institute and the Screen Actors Guild-America Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to encourage mentorship.


  • You’re Invited: Calling all Instagrammers, Viners, Facebook fans, and Tweeters to the White House Easter Egg Roll Social

    On Monday, April 6, 2015 President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a historic White House South Lawn celebration featuring games, sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, live music, and of course the White House Easter classics like the egg roll and egg hunt. 

    We want you to apply to come join us for a day of social media  and Easter festivities at the White House Easter Egg Roll Social. This year’s Egg Roll theme is #GimmeFive, in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative encouraging children to lead heathy, active lives. Selected participants will be invited to join the Easter Egg Roll event on the South Lawn on April 6th. All applicants must have children ages 5-13.


  • Week in Review: A Royal Visit, Leading on Climate, and The First Lady's Travel Journal

    This week, the President announced a new executive order that will allow America to lead on climate, traveled to Ohio to answer a few questions at The City Club of Cleveland, hosted the the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and celebrated St. Patrick's day with the Prime Minister of Ireland. The First Lady also had a busy week, heading to Japan and Cambodia to launch key partnerships for the Let Girls Learn initiative. 

    Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.


    Leading by Example

    President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday that will help us cut greenhouse gas emissions and set a bold example to other nations. This week’s order positions the federal government to cut their carbon pollution emissions by 40% over 10 years. This would save taxpayers up to $18 billion in energy costs and increase the share of electricity the federal government uses from renewable sources to 30%.

    Learn more about the President’s recent actions and how it sets a global example.


  • Weekly Address: It's Time to Confirm Loretta Lynch

    President Obama tapes the Weekly Address on Loretta Lynch

    President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, March 20, 2015. March 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    In this week’s address, the President called on Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with law enforcement and national security and confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States.

    Loretta is an independent, career prosecutor who deserves to be confirmed as soon as possible. She has proven herself time and again throughout her 30-year career, yet come Monday, the amount of time her nomination will have languished on the floor of the Senate will total more than that of the past seven Attorney General nominees combined.  

    In his address, the President asked Republicans in Congress to stop denying a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch and end the longest confirmation process for an Attorney General in three decades.

    Transcript | mp4 | mp3


  • All the President's Picks: See His 2015 NCAA Tournament Brackets

    Get your March Madness dancing shoes on: Barack-etology is back.

    For the seventh straight year, President Obama sat down with ESPN's Andy Katz to fill out his brackets for the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments.

    In his men's bracket, the President has Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova headed to the Final Four.

    Get excited Big Blue Nation: Like the majority of Americans, President Obama picked Kentucky to cut down the nets on April 6 and complete an undefeated season as National Champions.


    Update: Check out President Obama's NCAA women's tournament bracket, in which he picked the Connecticut Huskies to win the national title.


  • West Wing Week: 03/20/2015 or, “See ya, Sparkle!”

    This week, the President dropped by the new home of a wounded warrior, met with some impressive Youth of the Year winners, celebrated St. Patrick's Day, hosted the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and discussed Middle Class Economics in Ohio. That's March 13 to March 19th or, "See Ya, Sparkle!"