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blog_09_02_20_Saying-Hi-at-DOT Saying "Hi" at DOT
First Lady Michelle Obama continued her tour of her new neighborhood today with a visit to the Department of Transportation.
blog_09_02_20_Gibbs-corrects-the-record Gibbs corrects the record on the President's housing plan
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs clears up some misconceptions on who will benefit from the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan.
blog_09_02_19_Time-for-All-of-Us-to-Step-Up Time for All of Us to Step Up
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan explains how the President's housing plan helps responsible Americans struggling to make their mortgage payments every month in this economic crisis.
blog_09_02_20_New-commitment-to-the-Gulf-Coast New commitment to the Gulf Coast
"We must ensure that the failures of the past are never repeated," President Obama said in a statement today, announcing the extension of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding and his decision to send two cabinet members to the region.
blog_09_02_20_On-the-front-lines On the front lines
"You're on the front lines," President Obama told a gathering of 85 mayors in the East Room of the White House this morning.
blog_09_02_20_Streaming-Mayors-Meeting Streaming: Mayors Meeting
Starting at 10:30 eastern / 9:30 central, we'll be streaming the President and Vice President's remarks to a gathering of 85 of the nation's mayors.
blog_09_02_19_How-the-garden-grows How the garden grows
Building gardens at USDA facilities all over the world is "a very good thing," First Lady Michelle Obama said on a visit to the Department of Agriculture today, for the example it sets for communities around the world. And she had kind words for Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has been leading that effort.
blog_09_02_19_A-new-era-at-the-CIA A new era at the CIA
The United States is prepared to chart a new course on foreign policy, Vice President Joe Biden said today at the swearing in of new CIA Director Leon Panetta -- a man he said has "the experience, the independence and the judgment to lead this agency," and to help it depart dramatically from the legacy of the last eight years.
blog_09_02_19_A-thank-you-lunch A thank you lunch
Vice President Biden hosted members of the Middle Class Task Force recently for lunch to thank them for their willingness to serve on the middle class task force and to develop the agenda for the first Task Force meeting on Green Jobs.
blog_09_02_19_Liveblog-canada-trip Liveblog: The President in Canada (Update: photos)
President Obama is on his first foreign trip today -- to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. White House New Media staffer Jason Djang will be liveblogging the trip from the road.
blog_09_02_19_Playing-did-you-know Playing, "Did you know?"
"Did you know that African American slaves helped to build this house?" First Lady Michelle Obama asked a group 6th and 7th graders on a visit to the White House Wednesday, an event celebrating African American History Month. She asked them a few more trivia questions, too, before ceding the floor to Sweet Honey in the Rock, an African American female a cappella group.
blog_09_02_18_Setting-the-bar-high Setting the bar high
It will be an enormous undertaking to ensure that the transparency and accountability that the President expects for Recovery.gov will be upheld. Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has sent a memo to the heads of federal departments and agencies explaining what's expected of them and offering advice for how to meet those high standards.
blog_09_02_18_9-million-plus 9 million +
"In the end, all of us are paying a price for this home mortgage crisis. And all of us will pay an even steeper price if we allow this crisis to continue to deepen," President Obama said today in Phoenix, AZ, announcing the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan. "But if we act boldly and swiftly to arrest this downward spiral, every American will benefit."
blog_09_02_18_Help-for-homeowners Help for homeowners
In a couple of hours, the President will announce his "Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan." Take a look and see how the plan might affect you.
blog_09_02_17_Signed-sealed-delivered-ARRA Signed, sealed, delivered: ARRA
The economic recovery package is essential for our nation's economy, for its infrastructure, and for our energy, health, and education needs -- and now it's the law.
blog_09_02_17_On-the-Road-Secretary-Clinton On the Road: Secretary Clinton
Secretary Clinton is in Tokyo today, the first stop on her weeklong tour of Asia, which also includes stops in Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, and China.
blog_09_02_17_Time-to-sign-it Time to sign it
The President is off to Denver this morning, where he'll sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. Owners of local clean energy companies say they expect to benefit from the plan.
blog_09_02_16_The-story-of-the-economic-recovery-package-photos The story of the economic recovery package (photos)
White House photographer Pete Souza, whose job it is to visually document everything the President does, put together a photo gallery tracing the path of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
blog_09_02_15_NBA-All-Star-Game-message NBA All-Star Game message
"Those of us who grew up playing basketball, whether on a playground in the city or a farm in the heartland, are grateful to the game for the lessons it teaches us about life," President Obama says in a special message for the NBA All-Star Game.
blog_09_02_14_A-major-milestone A major milestone
Today President Obama is celebrating the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a "major milestone on our road to recovery," while still emphasizing that we have many miles yet to go.
blog_09_02_13_Biden-honors-a-movement-at-the-Special-Olympics Biden honors a movement at the Special Olympics
Vice President Biden announces Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy at the Special Olympics.
blog_09_02_13_ARRA-for-comment ARRA for comment
Yesterday, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed through conference and is now on its way back to the House and Senate for full votes. Have a look and give us your comments.
blog_09_02_13_Statement-on-tragic-accident Statement on tragic accident
President Obama this morning released a statement in response to the crash of Flight 3407 outside Buffalo late last night.
blog_09_02_13_our-door-is-open-latino-groups Our door is open: Latino groups
"Yesterday was a great day for the Latino community, as 60 Latino and Latina leaders from across the country converged in Washington for a briefing with key White House Staff," Office of Public Liaison member Stephanie Valencia writes in a guest blog post.
blog_09_02_13_What-is-the-middle-class What is the middle class?
Over at the Strong Middle Class Blog, Jared Bernstein, the Executive Director of the Middle Class Task Force and the Vice President's Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor, responds to your questions and comments.
blog_09_02_12_Statement-on-Greggs-withdrawal Statement on Gregg's withdrawal
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) has withdrawn from consideration as the nominee for Secretary of Commerce.
blog_post_smc_your_comments Your comments
In an introductory blog post, Jared Bernstein, the Executive Director of the Middle Class Task Force and Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to the Vice President, responds to some of your comments and questions.
blog_post_happy_birthday_abe Happy Birthday, Abe
The Great Emancipator would have been 200 years old today, and President Obama is marking the occasion in several ways.
blog_post_apply_for_a_job Apply for a job
We're happy to announce that the jobs application feature is now live on WhiteHouse.gov.
blog_post_digital_delayed Digital delayed
President Obama today signed legislation extending the deadline for the switch from analog to digital TV signals until June 12.
blog_post_first_compromise_then_impact First compromise, then impact
The House and Senate Conference Committee have agreed to a compromise on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In anticipation of its passage, many companies and industries say they're ready to start hiring.
blog_post_growing_up Growing up
This afternoon, the First Lady delivered remarks at Howard University on the topic of "Home, Work, Community: the Roles of African American Women as Change Agents."
The Senate-House conference committee has reconciled the chambers' different versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
blog_post_with_the_stroke_of_a_pen With the stroke of a pen (update: photo)
On a visit to an infrastructure project in Virginia, the President announced that the Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar told him that if the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passes, his company would be able to rehire some of the 20,000 employees it has laid off in the last few weeks.
blog_post_do_the_right_thing Do the right thing
"No matter what you do, you can't pass a law that makes somebody do the right thing, right?" That was Mrs. Obama's message to a group of young people she met with on a visit to the Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that provides a range of social services.
blog_post_LiveblogFtMyersFLtownhall Liveblog: Ft. Myers, FL townhall (Update: pictures)
We're liveblogging the President's town hall on the economic recovery in Ft. Myers, FL.
blog_post_senate_passes_arra Senate passes ARRA
The Senate has voted to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
blog_post_Stability Stability (Update: photos)
Treasury Secretary Geithner just finished speaking about the new Financial Stability Plan, which will boost lending and prevent home foreclosures.
blog_post_first_presser The first presser
The President last night gave his first White House press conference. Here's the full video.
blog_post_stewards Stewards of America's natural wonders
Mrs. Obama this afternoon visited the Department of the Interior, where she spoke about how important it is to protect our natural resources and move towards a clean, sustainable energy future.
blog_post_the_first_press_conference The first press conference
President Obama is holding his first press conference, in the East Room of the White House.
blog_post_Indiana Indiana (Update: pictures)
At a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana today, the President discussed with working people exactly how the package will affect them and their communities.
blog_post_town_hall_time Town hall time
The President is on his way to Elkhart, Indiana, for a town hall about the economic recovery plan.
blog_post_first_flights First flights
Last Thursday, February 5, 2009, President Obama took his first flights aboard Marine One and Air Force One, on his way to the House Democratic Issues Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
"Americans across this country are struggling, and they are watching to see if we're equal to the task before us," the President says in this morning's Weekly Address. "Let's show them that we are."
blog_post_working_with_faith Working with faith
Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order establishing the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
blog_post_update_on_sunlight_before_signing Update on Sunlight Before Signing
Since a few questions have come in, we want to update you on the President's campaign commitment to introducing more sunlight into the lawmaking process by posting non-emergency legislation online for five days before signing it.
blog_post_beyond_the_echo_chamber Advice from "beyond the echo chamber"
President Obama signed an executive order establishing the Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
blog_post_cannot_wait Vice President Biden: "Quite simply, we cannot wait."
"Quite simply, we cannot wait," Vice President Joe Biden said as he toured a Maryland train station in need of repair. The state is the focus of a new White House case study which shows the impact of investing in infrastructure.
blog_post_on_the_front_lines_of_the_foreclosure_crisis On the front lines of the foreclosure crisis
The people at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have a crucial role to play in our economic recovery, the First Lady told the staff of the Department during a visit there yesterday.
blog_post_rabbit_ears A few more months of rabbit ears
The House voted yesterday to delay the transition from analog to digital TV, from February 17 -- less than two weeks away -- to June 12.
blog_post_serious_about_energy_independence Serious about energy independence
In remarks at the Department of Energy, President Obama announced new efficiency standards for common household appliances, and issued a stark rebuke to critics of the stimulus plan and urged its swift passage.
blog_post_this_is_my_prayer "This is my hope. This is my prayer."
"The particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us," President Obama said this morning to a crowd of about 3,500 people gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in the nation's capital.
blog_post_covering_kids Covering kids
Last night, President Obama signed a law reauthorizing CHIP, which funds health care for families who don't qualify for Medicaid but still can't afford private insurance.
blog_post_the_action_americans_need The Action Americans Need
That's the title of President Obama's op-ed this morning in the Washington Post, where he makes a forceful argument for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
blog_post_coast_to_coast_and_across_party_lines Coast to coast and across party lines
This week, a bipartisan group of 19 governors came out in strong support for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
President Obama signed the Chidlren's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIP) tonight, which renews and expands the plan from 7 million children affected to 11 million.
blog_post_jobs_in_all_fifty_states Jobs in all 50 states
In a guest blog post, economic adviser Brian Deese explains how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will create jobs in all 50 states.
blog_post_the_technology_is_there The technology is there
Yesterday, several members of the President's energy and environment team attended the Washington auto show. We asked Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, to make jot down some notes with her impressions of the show.
blog_post_new_rules New rules
Today, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner issued imposing new restrictions on executive compensation at firms taking money from the government.
blog_post_how_our_schools_should_be "How our schools should be"
"This kind of innovative school...is an example of how all our schools should be," President Obama said yesterday, as he and Mrs. Obama visited a public charter school in Washington, D.C.
blog_post_a_new_day_at_DOJ A new day at DOJ
Eric Holder has been sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States.
blog_post_president_obama_nominates_third_republican_to_his_cabinet President Obama nominates third Republican to his cabinet
President Obama called Republican Senator Judd Gregg a "master of reaching across the aisle" in announcing him as his choice to lead the Commerce Department today.
Eric Holder has been confirmed as Attorney General of the United States.
blog_post_what_governors_know What governors know
Everybody knows our economy needs a jolt. And no one knows that better than the country's governors, whether they are Democratic or Republican.
blog_post_relief_for_gaza Relief for Gaza
President Obama signed a memorandum today directing more than $20 million for "urgent refugee and migration needs" in Gaza.
blog_post_BipartisanSuperBowlParty Bipartisan Super Bowl Party
President Obama spent his Super Bowl Sunday with a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen and women, including some from Pennsylvania and Arizona. He also sat down for an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer.
latest-version-of-schip-legislation-published-for-comment Latest version of SCHIP legislation published for comment
On January 29th, the U.S. Senate approved the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, better known as the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP. Once signed into law, this legislation will continue coverage for six to seven million children and increase that coverage to four million more.
blog_post_moving_forward Moving forward
In the weekly address, President Barack Obama urged the swift passage of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan and announced that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is preparing a new strategy for reviving our financial system.
blog_post_a_strong_middle_class_a_strong_America A strong middle class = a strong America
The President today signed an executive order creating a Middle Class Task Force and asked his right hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, to lead it.
blog_post_save_the_date_1 Save the Date: First Meeting 2/27/2009
The Task Force's first official meeting will be on February 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The topic of the first meeting will be: "Green Jobs: A Pathway to a Strong Middle Class."
blog_post_Time_to_put_middle_class_front_and_center_1 Vice President Joe Biden: "Time to put middle class front and center"
In an editorial in in today's USA Today, Vice President Joe Biden argues that a strong middle class equals a strong America.
blog_post_Todaysevent President and Vice President announce task force
America's road to economic recovery will be driven by our middle class. Today, President Barack Obama created a task force specifically dedicated to strengthening our nation's core -- our working families and small businesses -- and put Vice President Joe Biden in charge.
blog_post_about_the_task_force_1 About the Task Force
Vice President Joe Biden and other members of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families are dedicated to strengthening our nation's middle class. They have some pretty high goals and want to make sure you're involved every step of the way.
blog_post_vice_president_biden_announces_middle_class_task_force_1 Press Release: Vice President Biden announces Middle Class Task Force
President Barack Obama today announced the creation of a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families to be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. The Task Force is a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America. It is comprised of top-level administration policy makers, and in addition to regular meetings, it will conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities.
blog_post_schip_passes SCHIP passes
In a step towards providing health care to millions of children around the country, the Senate this morning passed the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP.
President Obama today said it was "the height of irresponsibility" for financial corporations to have doled out $18 billion in bonuses to their employees in a year when many banks shed jobs and turned to the government for funds.
blog_post_AWonderfulDay A Wonderful Day (Update: Video)
Surrounded by leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and with the new law's namesake, Lilly Ledbetter, at his side, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- a powerful tool to fight discrimination.
president-obama-declares-emergencies-in-arkansas-and-kentucky President Obama Declares Emergencies in Arkansas and Kentucky
Last night, President Obama declared federal emergencies caused by winter storms in two states, answering requests for aid from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. (with picture of signing)
blog_post_Cleaninghouse Cleaning house
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kicked off the daily press briefing today with his plans for cleaning out a department that has become famous for scandal, before passing the podium to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
ceos_at_the_white_house CEOs at the White House
Iconic American companies like IBM, Jet Blue, and Honeywell sent their leadership to meet with the President this morning to discuss how they can get the economy moving again.
Secretary_Geithner_tightens_the_reins Sec. Geithner tightens the reins
In one of his first acts as Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner today announced new rules that will make it harder for banks to lobby for a share of money set aside by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.
on_the_hill On the Hill
President Obama is on Capitol Hill today to hear out Republican ideas for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
blog_post_PresidenttoMuslimWorldAmericansarenotyourenemy President to Muslim World: "Americans are not your enemy"
"My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives," President Obama told Al Arabiya, an Arabic-language news channel based out of Dubai. "My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy."
Timothy_Geithner_sworn_in Timothy Geithner sworn in as Secretary of the Treasury
Timothy Geithner is now officially the 75th Secretary of the United States Treasury.
blog_post_PressBriefingHighlights Press Briefing Highlights
This afternoon, in his second press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fielded questions on energy independence, the stimulus package, and the auto industry.
blog_post_Fromperiltoprogress From peril to progress (Update 1: Full Remarks)
"This moment of peril must be turned to one of progress," President Barack Obama said this morning, as he signed two Presidential Memoranda aimed at getting us on the path to energy independence.
the_year_of_the_ox The year of the ox
Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox, the second symbol in the Chinese Zodiac.
58_years_of_Indian_democracy 58 years of Indian democracy
Today is India Republic Day, the 58th anniversary of India's independence and the adoption of its Constitution.
now-comes-lilly-ledbetter Now Comes Lilly Ledbetter
For incoming White House staff, the past few days have been a singularly thrilling -- and learning -- experience.
statement-released-after-the-president-rescinds Statement released after the President rescinds "Mexico City Policy"
Yesterday, President Obama rescinded the "Mexico City Policy" and released the following statement.
president-obama-delivers-your-weekly-address President Obama delivers Your Weekly Address
In his first weekly address since being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, President Barack Obama discusses how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will jump-start the economy.
president-obama-on-the-selection-of-kirsten-gillibrand President Obama on the Selection of Kirsten Gillibrand
This afternoon, New York Governor David Paterson announced his selection of Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Secretary Clinton's seat in the United States Senate.
executive-orders-to-date Executive Orders to date
Yesterday, President Obama issued a series of Executive Orders.
blog_inaugural-address President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address
Yesterday, President Obama delivered his Inaugural Address, calling for a "new era of responsibility." Watch the video.
blog_a_national_day_of_renewal_and_reconciliation A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation
President Barack Obama's first proclamation.
blog_change_has_come_to_whitehouse-gov Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov
The first post on WhiteHouse.gov.
blog_dr_king_service Honoring Dr. King's Legacy and Serving America
The President, Vice President, and their families attend service events in Washington on Martin Luther King Day, one day before Inauguration.
blog_the_whistle_stop_tour The Whistle Stop Tour
Following the same route that Abraham Lincoln rode 150 years ago, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden made their way to the inauguration on a whistle stop train tour that wove its way from Philadelphia through Delaware and Maryland on its way to Washington.
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