The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • Standing Up for LGBT Rights Around the World

    Vice President Joe Biden gives the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, Calif., March 22, 2014.

    Vice President Joe Biden gives the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, Calif., March 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    “The rights of LGBT people [are] an inseparable part of America’s promotion of human rights around the world,” Vice President Joe Biden declared to a packed audience at the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles gala on Saturday night.

    In a world where homosexuality is a crime in almost 80 countries — punishable by death in 7 — the Vice President reasserted America’s unwavering commitment to LGBT rights in every corner of the world. “Hate,” he explained, “can never, never be defended because it’s a so-called cultural norm.”

  • West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”


    This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick's day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.

  • West Wing Week 03/14/14 or "What's Up, Captain America?"

    This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the President's inauguration, while the President worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about this year's March 31st deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument. 

  • Being Biden Vol. 13: It's All About Possibilities

    In this edition of Being Biden, Vice President Joe Biden talks about meeting with Jonathan Stoklosa -- a powerlifter who's competed in the Special Olympics and, in the words of the Vice President, "an incredible young man."

  • West Wing Week 02/28/14 or "I Am My Brother's Keeper"

    This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move" Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  • The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For: The President and the Vice President Show Us Their Moves

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    Last week, the First Lady kicked off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! on the “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” To demonstrate the national scope of all the great work happening around the country, the First Lady encouraged people of all ages to show her how they move through eating more fruits and vegetables, getting physically active, or making healthy changes like planting a community garden. She asked you to Facebook it, Tweet it, and Instagram it using #LetsMove and she told viewers that if enough people participated, the President and the Vice President would show us their moves. 

    From kids and families, to schools, organizations, celebrities, athletes, businesses, and other leaders, we’ve seen such an incredible response to this call to action. We are truly inspired by everyone, and thanks to all of you, we are moving our country to a healthier, new norm. 

    And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the President and the Vice President show us how they move:

  • Governors Come to D.C. for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting

    President Barack Obama meets with the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014.

    President Barack Obama meets with the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    This weekend, governors from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. The meeting gives governors an opportunity to talk about issues affecting states and discuss innovative solutions.

    Last night, the President and the First Lady welcomed the NGA to the White House for the 2014 Governors' Dinner. The President told the governors in attendance that he looked forward to working with them, "not just in our meetings tomorrow, but throughout this year – what I hope to be a year of action. Our partnership on behalf of the American people, on issues ranging from education to health care to climate change, runs deep, deeper than what usually hits the front page."

    This morning, President Obama and Vice President Biden both delivered additional remarks to the NGA in the State Dining Room at the White House.

  • Vice President Biden Speaks at America’s Central Port on the Fifth Anniversary of the Recovery Act

    Vice President Joe Biden marks the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

    Vice President Joe Biden marks the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by delivering remarks on the need for continued investment in infrastructure, at America's Central Port Intermodal Hub, in Granite City, Illinois, Feb. 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    “The Recovery Act is the largest public works project since President Eisenhower laid out our nation’s interstate highway system—and all of you here at America’s Central Port are continuing this American story of boldness and doing big things that are so deeply ingrained in our history,” Vice President Biden said at an event marking the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved our country from an economic depression and helped rebuild the middle class.  

    Speaking on the Mississippi River at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois on Wednesday. February 19, the Vice President outlined how the Recovery Act’s TIGER grants at the port and across the country have modernized the way we do business, created good-paying middle-class jobs, and strengthened our global economic competitiveness. 

    Joined by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, current Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, along with local and port officials, the Vice President described how the grants significantly improve the way we finance and strengthen the capacity of our nation’s ports, railroads, and highways. At America’s third largest inland port, the TIGER program has already helped hire workers who installed new levee relief wells, laid down a new rail track, and started work on a new harbor, all of which help increase the Port’s efficiency and reduce shipping costs. 

  • New Funding to Increase Access to Mental Health Services and New Protections Under the Health Care Law

    So far this year, the Administration has taken three key steps as part of our ongoing effort to increase access to mental health services.

    First, the President signed an omnibus appropriations bill, securing $115 million for new mental health initiatives that the President and Vice President proposed in January 2013 as part of their comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence. This funding will have a real impact in communities across the country, where it will be used to train more mental health professionals and help educators and other adults who work with youth recognize the early signs of mental health problems and refer young people to appropriate help when needed.  The funds will also be used for a new initiative which will support innovative state-based approaches to making sure young people ages 16 to 25 who are at high risk for mental illness don’t fall through the cracks of our mental health system when they leave school or home.

    Second, on January 31, with funding from the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made $50 million available to help Community Health Centers across the country establish or expand mental and behavioral health services for people living with mental illness or addiction. Using these funds, Health Centers can hire new mental health professionals and add mental health and substance use disorder services. This new funding was first announced by Vice President Biden last December. At that time, the Vice President also announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has set a new goal of financing $50 million for the construction, expansion, or improvement of mental health facilities in rural areas over the next three years.

  • West Wing Week 2/14/14 or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red"

    This week, the President hosted the first state visit for the French President in 20 years, signed the farm bill and raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. That's February 7th  to February 13th or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red."