The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • Being Biden Vol. 7: Gems of Wisdom

    A class of third graders from North Philadelphia recently wrote to Vice President Biden about reducing gun violence. This week, the Vice President sat down to share some of these children's words with you — and an expression that belonged to his mom: "out of the mouths of babes come gems of wisdom." Take a listen.

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  • The President and Vice President's 2012 Financial Disclosure Forms

    Today, the President and Vice President released their 2012 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:

    View the President's 2012 financial disclosure report (pdf)

    View the Vice President's 2012 financial disclosure report (pdf)

    White House staff are also completing their forms and we anticipate they will be available here next month, also in electronic form.

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  • Vice President Biden Addresses the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

    Vice President Joe Biden is introduced by representative Judy Chu, before speaking at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Gala Awards Dinner, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

    Vice President Joe Biden is introduced by representative Judy Chu, before speaking at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Gala Awards Dinner, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. May 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    On Wednesday night, Vice President Joe Biden delivered keynote remarks before nearly 1,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) national, state, and local community leaders at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Gala Awards Dinner.

    In his remarks, Vice President Biden paid tribute to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who both the President and Vice President eulogized last December.  The Vice President also emphasized that by striving for possibility, equality, and justice for future generations, the AAPI community continues to embody Senator Inouye's legacy. Finally, the Vice President described the importance of commonsense immigration reform to the AAPI community and to strengthening the American economy and growing the middle class.

    Danielle Borrin is Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Director of Office of Public Engagement in the Office of the Vice President.  Gautam Raghavan is Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

  • Being Biden Vol. 6: My Friend, John McCain

    In the latest installment of "Being Biden," the Vice President tells the story behind a photo taken with Senator John McCain, just before speaking at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Sedona, Arizona. Listen:

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  • West Wing Week: 05/03/13 or “Nobody Does It Better”

    This week, President Obama spoke at the Planned Parenthood conference and the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, met with the King of Jordan, made five personnel announcements, celebrated the sciences and the Joining Forces Initiative, and embarked on a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New Hiring Commitments for Veterans and Military Spouses

    First Lady Michelle Obama Makes a Veterans' Employment Announcement in the East Room, April 30, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a Joining Forces initiative employment announcement for veterans and military spouses, in the East Room of the White House, April 30, 2013. Stage participants included, from left, Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Two years ago, President Obama announced a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013.

    Today, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden all participated in a Joining Forces Employment event at the White House.

    The First Lady announced that America’s businesses nearly tripled the goal set by President Obama and did so eight months early. The private sector has already hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses.

    The First Lady also announced that American companies have committed to hire or train another 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. 

  • West Wing Week: 04/26/13 or “This Stuff’s Really Cool”

    This week, the Vice President traveled to Boston for a memorial for Officer Collier, and the President memorialized the victims of the West Texas explosion. The President also hosted the Amir of Qatar, the Teacher of the Year, the 3rd White House Science Fair, and visited Dallas with the First Lady for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

  • West Wing Week: 04/19/13 or “Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.”

    This week, the President responded to the terror attack in Boston, met with AmeriCorps volunteers, invited the Wounded Warrior riders to the White House, and for the first time, asked a citizen to deliver the weekly address.

  • White House Hangout: Vice President Biden and Mayors Discuss Reducing Gun Violence

    Update: The Hangout with Vice President Biden has concluded. Watch the full video below or on YouTube.

    This week, Vice President Biden will host a virtual conversation with mayors around the country to discuss commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. Mayors know first hand the impact of gun violence on communities across the country – and they've come together to demand action.

    On Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT, the Vice President and mayors will discuss how we can protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. We hope you'll tune in.

    During the Google+ Hangout, Vice President Biden will be joined by:

    • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN
    • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
    • Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
    • Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek, WI

    Watch the hangout with Vice President Biden and mayors live on Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT on, or tune in to the White House's Google+ page or YouTube channel.

  • President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2012 Tax Returns

    Today, the President released his 2012 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $608,611. The Obamas paid $112,214 in total tax. 

    The President and First Lady also reported donating $150,034 – or about 24.6 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 33 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $103,871 to the Fisher House Foundation.

    The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 18.4 percent. The President believes we must reform our tax system which is why he has proposed policies like the Buffett Rule that would ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share while protecting families making under $250,000 from seeing their taxes go up. Under the President’s own tax proposals, including limitations on the value of tax preferences for high-income households, he would pay more in taxes while ensuring we cut taxes for the middle class and those trying to get in it.