The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • 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."


  • President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in South Carolina

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina with Vice President Joe Biden from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Last night, a gunman opened fire at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people including pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney. The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into this tragedy. 

    The President delivered the following statement from the White House Briefing Room: 


  • Supporting Survivors Across the Lifespan: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015

    Today, the international community unites to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: a time to bring visibility to the issue of violence experienced by older adults, express intolerance for abuse, and work toward prevention.

    A serious human rights violation that too often goes ignored, elder abuse can include physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. Global data indicates 4 to 6% of adults over the age of 60 have experienced at least one of these types of abuse in the past month alone—a conservative estimate that amounts to 36 million cases worldwide. In a 2010 study, 1 in 10 community-residing older adults in the United States reported experiencing abuse the previous year.

    Though both women and men can experience abuse in later life, greater female longevity, coupled with women’s higher risk for poverty and social isolation, suggests that elder abuse is a gendered category of violence. In many respects, violence against older women is an extension of the same social norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls earlier in their lives: entrenched gender bias; impunity for abuse; and unhealthy conceptions of masculinity. In fact, violence by an intimate partner or spouse is a common form of elder abuse, though perpetrators can also be a caregiver outside the family, an adult child, or any other person with whom the victim has a relationship of trust.


  • Supporting Survivors Across the Lifespan: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015

    Today, the international community unites to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: a time to bring visibility to the issue of violence experienced by older adults, express intolerance for abuse, and work toward prevention.

    A serious human rights violation that too often goes ignored, elder abuse can include physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. Global data indicates 4 to 6% of adults over the age of 60 have experienced at least one of these types of abuse in the past month alone—a conservative estimate that amounts to 36 million cases worldwide. In a 2010 study, 1 in 10 community-residing older adults in the United States reported experiencing abuse the previous year.

    Though both women and men can experience abuse in later life, greater female longevity, coupled with women’s higher risk for poverty and social isolation, suggests that elder abuse is a gendered category of violence. In many respects, violence against older women is an extension of the same social norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls earlier in their lives: entrenched gender bias; impunity for abuse; and unhealthy conceptions of masculinity. In fact, violence by an intimate partner or spouse is a common form of elder abuse, though perpetrators can also be a caregiver outside the family, an adult child, or any other person with whom the victim has a relationship of trust.


  • West Wing Week: 06/12/15 or, "Walking And Holding Hands"

    This week, the President honored the life of Beau Biden, traveled to Germany to meet with G7 leaders, celebrated the achievements of the Affordable Care Act, and met with a reporter who benefited from that very legislation. That's June 5th to June 11th or, "Walking And Holding Hands."


  • President Obama Delivers a Eulogy Honoring the Life of Beau Biden


    "He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146.

    He left nothing in the tank. He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends. The example he set made you want to be a better dad, or a better son, or a better brother or sister, better at your job, the better soldier. 

    He made you want to be a better person. Isn’t that finally the measure of a man -– the way he lives, how he treats others, no matter what life may throw at him?" 

    – President Obama


    Today, the Biden family, President Obama, and Americans across the country paid their final respects to a good man who loved deeply, and was loved in return. 

    A veteran of the Iraq war, the Attorney General of Delaware -- and most importantly -- a dedicated father, husband, and son, Beau Biden was a compassionate, empathetic, public servant who cared about what matters most in life, the people and country he loved. 

    President Obama delivered a eulogy in honor of Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware: 

     

    President Obama and Vice President Biden Embrace at Beau Biden's Funeral

    President Barack Obama embraces Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a eulogy during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic in Wilmington, Del. June 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Trumpeter at Beau Biden's Funeral

    A trumpeter before playing Battle Hymn of the Republic, during the funeral service for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, at St. Anthony’s of Padua, in Wilmington, Del. June 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden touch Beau Biden's Casket

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden touch Beau Biden's casket following the procession during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic in Wilmington, Del. June 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


  • Remembering Beau Biden

    The entire Biden family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all the kindness and compassion that has been shown to our family at this difficult time. Your love and admiration for Beau has touched us beyond measure.

    With gratitude,

    Hallie, Natalie, Hunter, Joe, Jill, Hunter & Ashley


    Beau Biden and children

    Beau Biden lived a life of service. He put his duty to his children, his wife, his family, his fellow service-members, and his country first.

    On Saturday, May 30, the country lost a good man and a great example of how to spend each day you’re given to better the lives of others.

    Read a few words of wisdom that Beau Biden shared during his 46 years of life. They reveal much about the most beloved man we mourn — and the incredible legacy he leaves behind.


  • In Memory of Beau Biden: "Quite Simply, The Finest Man Any Of Us Have Ever Known"

    “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known” –Vice President Joe Biden

    On Saturday, May 30, our country lost a dedicated public servant – a fighter for justice on the frontlines of war and in the courts here at home. A committed son, father, and husband, Beau Biden put his family first. His was a life we all strive to lead.

    For all who knew him, who were inspired by his example, who share the passion for service that guided every day he lived, please offer your thoughts, prayers, and a message that will be shared with the Biden family as they grieve the loss and honor the memory of a most cherished man. 

    Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Beau Biden on stage together at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver

    Then Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Beau Biden on stage together at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)


  • The President and Vice President’s 2014 Financial Disclosure Forms

    Today, the President and Vice President released their 2014 financial disclosure reports.

    The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests. The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials. Those finances are set forth in annual disclosures which are reviewed and certified by ethics officials. Neither the President nor the Vice President have any conflicts of interest, and their reports have been reviewed and certified by the independent Office of Government Ethics. We are continuing this Administration's practice of posting these forms online here in the interests of transparency:


  • West Wing Week: 05/01/2015 or, “I Think That Works!”

    This week, the President hosted the Japanese Prime Minister, joked around at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, visited the Lincoln Memorial, took a walk with the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, and participated in a “virtual field trip.” That’s April 24 to April 30 or, “I Think That Works!”