The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • The Incredible Kid-Ingenuity on Display at the Fifth White House Science Fair

    President Obama looks at two Arizona students' robot at the fifth annual White House Science Fair

    President Barack Obama talks with Sergio Corral and Isela Martinez while viewing science exhibits during the 2015 White House Science Fair celebrating student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, in the State Dining Room, March 23, 2015. The two 17-year-old students are current leaders of the robotics program from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Ariz., which was chronicled in the recent documentary "Underwater Dreams" where their under-served high school beat out MIT and other colleges in an underwater robotics competition. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Today, the halls of the White House were packed with science projects -- robots, 3D-printed objects, computer programs, apps, and extraordinary scientific discoveries -- all built, invented, designed, and brought to fruition by students.

    At the fifth-annual White House Science Fair, President Obama welcomed more than 100 students from more than 30 states for a celebration and showcase of their truly remarkable achievmenets in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

    As part of the Science Fair, approximately 35 student teams exhibited innovative projects -- including discoveries and insights in key areas such as disease diagnostics, clean energy, and information security -- as well as inventions ranging from the “why didn’t I think of that?” (automatic page-turner for people with arthritis) to the “who’d have ever thought that possible?” (a hiccup-curing lollipop!).

    The President personally viewed some of these projects, marveling at the incredible ingenuity on display from student innovators across the country including some as young as six years old.


  • Being Biden: The 5th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

    The Vice President sent the following message to the White House email list today, sharing his personal audio reflections on the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Didn't get the email? Make sure you're on the list to receive them in the future.


    Today marks five years since 11-year-old Marcelas Owens and I watched the President sign the Affordable Care Act into law.

    Marcelas lost his mom to an illness when he was a younger boy. She didn't have insurance, so she couldn't afford the care that she needed. No family -- no child -- in America should have to go through what his family has experienced.

    That's why we fought so hard for this reform bill. That's why the President -- whose own mother argued with insurance companies in her final days as she battled cancer -- signed this bill into law.

    And that's worth remembering today.

    I sat down to reflect on that day, and what's happened since then. Have a listen, and then pass this on to anyone you think who needs to hear it.


  • 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.


  • West Wing Week: 03/06/2015 or, “Just a Souvenir!”

    This week, the President broke bread with My Brother's Keeper mentees, sat down with the President of Liberia and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, shared the stage with Eric Holder and Aretha Franklin, and welcomed law enforcement officials and Peace Corps volunteers to the White House. While the Vice President was in Guatemala to discuss investing in Central America. That's February 27 to March 5 or, "Just a Souvenir!"


  • Previewing Vice President Biden's Trip to Guatemala

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    Continuing the Administration’s active engagement in Central America, the Vice President is traveling to Guatemala City on Monday to meet with the Presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

    Last November in Washington D.C., the leaders of these countries rolled out their Alliance for Prosperity plan to tackle the endemic violence and poverty that have held the region back while the rest of the hemisphere has prospered. The Vice President also outlined how the United States, the international community, and the private sector could support the plan’s implementation. 

    This week in Guatemala City, the presidents will update Vice President Biden on their progress. The presidents of the countries have already taken courageous steps to target criminal smuggling groups, root out corruption, and promote the transparency of their institutions.


  • West Wing Week: 02/27/15 or, “Where Are My Hawaiians?'"

    This week, the President hosted civil rights and consumer protection advocates, filmed a Let's Move sketch with the First Lady, sat down for a heart-to-heart with a White House mentee, held an immigration town hall in Florida, and honored Black History Month at the White House.


  • West Wing Week: 2/13/15 or, "Just Say the Word"

    This week, the President spent time with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hoosiers, BuzzFeeders, veterans, and public health warriors -- while the Vice President traveled to Belgium and Germany. 


  • Being Biden Vol. 19: The State of the Union

    In this edition of Being Biden, the audio series that gives you an inside look at the vice presidency, Vice President Joe Biden recounts his experience with past State of the Union addresses -- and highlights what will make this 2015 speech so special.

    He reflected on a photo where he's leading the Senate -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- from the Senate chamber onto the House floor for the President's address.

    The State of the Union address is where "every President lays out where the country is at the moment, and where he thinks he should try to take the country from this moment on." This year, President Obama will give that speech on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

    Vice President Joe Biden closed with a thank you, as well as a piece of advice for those who want to watch the President on Tuesday: "Thanks for listening, and make sure you tune in to WhiteHouse.gov to hear the President's State of the Union speech."

    Listen to Volume 19 of Being Biden, then go to WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU to learn more about the speech.


  • Email from Vice President Joe Biden: "The State of the Union"

    Last night, Vice President Joe Biden sent a message to the White House email list, letting readers know that the very best place to watch the State of the Union is at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.

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    We're heading to the Capitol this Tuesday, where President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address since taking office in 2009.

    Now, the idea of the State of the Union is as old as this nation itself -- it's literally written into the Constitution.

    But new technologies have transformed the address from a simple letter to Congress into something that was broadcast over the radio and then over the television -- and the Founding Fathers wouldn't believe how folks are able to watch the speech today.

    I'm telling you this because now the very best place you can watch the speech is not on the House floor -- it's at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.


  • Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America's Infrastructure

    It’s estimated that it would take $3.6 trillion to bring America’s infrastructure up to date by 2020. Across the nation, our bridges, pipelines, roads and railroads are in dire need of repair and modernization. In fact, it would cost $600 billion over 20 years to modernize our country’s entire water and sewer systems.

    To address these needs, we need not only an increased commitment from federal, state, and local governments, but also increased investment from the private sector.

    To highlight both the need and the opportunity, Vice President Biden visited DC Water’s $2.6 billion Clean Rivers project -- funded by an innovative “Century Bond” -- where he announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to leverage private-sector capital, innovation, and expertise to improve our nation’s infrastructure.

    Vice President Joe Biden tours the Anacostia Tunnel Project

    Vice President Joe Biden tours the Anacostia Tunnel Project with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, in Washington, DC. January 16, 2015. (by David Lienemann)