The White House Blog: The Vice President

  • Weekly Wrap Up: VP at the World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, and the Medal of Honor

    This week, the President continued his fight against climate change, updated the American people on the situation in Iraq, hung out with a robotic giraffe at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and paid tribute to our newest Medal of Honor recipient -- and the Vice President cheered on the U.S. Men's National Team at the World Cup.

    Check out what you might have missed this week in our weekly wrap up:

    He "Should Not Be Alive Today"

    At the White House yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. Corporal Carpenter received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    By all accounts, Kyle shouldn't be alive today. On November 21, 2010, Kyle's platoon woke up to the sound of AK-47 fire. As their compound began taking fire, Kyle and Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio took cover up on a roof, low on their backs behind a circle of sandbags. And then a grenade landed nearby, its pin already pulled.

  • West Wing Week 06/20/14 or, “Zot, Zot, Zot!”

    This week, the President visited Lakota Country, the land of the Anteaters, and Pittsburgh's Tech Shop, while at home he hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and awarded the Medal of Honor.

  • You're Invited: White House Summit on Working Families

    We're excited to announce our next White House Social event -- an opportunity for our followers on Twitter and Instagram to attend the White House Summit on Working Families.

    On Monday, June 23, 2014, this day-long event will feature remarks by the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and Dr. Jill Biden, as they participate in a national conversation about how we can create 21st-century workplaces that work for all Americans.

    Interested? Sign up for your chance to join other White House social media followers for the White House Summit on Working Families at After you sign up, spread the word and tell your friends about the event by using the hashtag #WHSocial.

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  • One Team, One Nation: Celebrating the U.S. Men's Soccer Team at the World Cup

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    Last night, I had the privilege of cheering on the U.S. men’s soccer team as it defeated Ghana in its first game of the World Cup in Brazil. It was an incredible match from the first minute to the final ones as our guys made an entire country proud.

    It’s palpable how consequential the World Cup is for people all around the world. It’s the sports fan’s combination of panic, exhilaration, and — depending on your team — agony or ecstasy. It’s felt in villages and major cities. It’s felt in every time zone, every hour, every day and night, and in homes, bars, offices, and stadiums where tens of thousands of people paint their faces, sing their anthems, and raise a banner.

    And last night, you could actually feel the energy in the air. You could feel the global jolt of electricity from the Arena das Dunas Stadium in Natal to the big screens in parks and bars across America where fans young and old waved the stars and stripes and chanted that uniquely American sentiment: “I believe.”

  • West Wing Week 06/13/14 or, "I Am Hip to All These Things"

    This week, the President commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, hosted his first-ever Tumblr Q&A, and spoke to graduates of Worcester Technical High School.

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  • Vice President Biden on America’s Energy Future: “I Wouldn’t Go Long on Investments that Lead to Carbon Pollution”

    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the North American Energy Summit in New York City

    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the North American Energy Summit in New York City, June 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    On Wednesday, at the North American Energy Summit in New York City, Vice President Biden spoke with an audience of investors, business executives, and senior government officials from the United States, Canada, and Mexico about North America’s emerging status as the global epicenter of energy.

    The Vice President described the progress we’ve made toward increased energy security in the past few years. The United States has gone from the world’s largest importer to a soon-to-be exporter of natural gas, from declining to booming oil production, from stagnating to increasing fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, and from projected rising carbon emissions to declining carbon emissions that are at the lowest levels in nearly 20 years.

    As an energy superpower, the United States is leading an energy transformation that is changing the world and creating opportunity here at home. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are being created, new companies and industries are spinning off, and manufacturing — in part because of America’s energy advantage — is coming back. 

  • TAPS Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Good Grief Camps on Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day is a very poignant and somber reminder for all Americans of the lives that have been lost in service to our Nation. This Memorial Day weekend, as the new Executive Director of Joining Forces, I have the deep honor of attending and supporting the 20th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors. These events, held in and around Washington DC, will have 4,000 participants this year -- more than 500 children. As a service member, and past participant in the Good Grief Camp, this weekend is especially meaningful. The loss and the grief for many is still fresh and for mentors and other volunteers -- the work is very personal. So too, is the national commitment to honoring the fallen and assisting their families -- thanks to organizations like TAPS.

  • Weekly Wrap Up: POTUS Takes a Walk, Baseball in Cooperstown, and More

    It was a busy week at the White House. This week, we got hyped up for next Tuesday's White House Science Fair; the Bidens traveled to Romania and Cyprus; the President took an unexpected walk over to the Department of the Interior; a new National Monument was designated; and the President talked baseball and tourism in Cooperstown. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

    Robots Invade the White House

    Robots, marshmallow cannons, and Bill Nye: These are just some of the things that we love about the White House Science Fair. Next Tuesday, students from across the country will head to the White House to put their projects on display. You're going to want to tune in.

    Check out highlights from last year's White House Science Fair:

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    Need more science? Check out all of the incredible videos, vines, and gifs from past White House Science Fairs.

  • Investing in Our Ports and Infrastructure

    Vice President Joe Biden talks with Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, at their maintenance facility, in Cleveland, Ohio, May 14, 2014.

    Vice President Joe Biden talks with Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, at their maintenance facility, in Cleveland, Ohio, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    Since taking office in 2009, the President and I have traveled from coast to coast highlighting the need to put folks to work rebuilding our nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems. Just last week, the President was in New York and I was in Ohio talking about how we’re cutting red tape to get more infrastructure projects started and completed faster.

    But there’s so much more to do. That’s why it’s encouraging to see Congress pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which will help modernize our water infrastructure, expand American ports, and create American jobs. Towns and cities will be able to prepare, respond, and recover from severe droughts and storms. And the bill authorizes work on important projects at places like the Boston Harbor and the Port of Savannah.

  • West Wing Week 05/23/14 or, “Straight A’s? Whoa!”

    This week, the President spoke on the importance of raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure, and bringing jobs and tourism back to America; invited the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks to the White House; and designated a new National Monument. The First Lady honored Brown v. Board of Education, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Romania and Cyprus.