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Your Interview with President Obama in the Google+ “Hangout”

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You asked the questions, and President Obama answered in the first-ever completely virtual interview from the White House, presented by YouTube and Google+.

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with YouTube and Google+ to discuss his State of the Union Address, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 30, 2012. The interview is held through a Google+ Hangout, making it the first completely virtual interview from the White House.

Just after 5:30 PM ET today, President Obama sat down for a discussion with a group of Americans from across the country in a Google+ Hangout. It was the first online conversation to happen at the White House in real time — ever.

Even before the event, more than 227,000 people had taken time to participate — submitting questions for the President to answer or voting for their favorite.

Obama Interview on Google+

February 1, 2012 Posted by | Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Address: President’s Blueprint Includes Renewal of American Values

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The White House Your Daily Snapshot for Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekly Address: President’s Blueprint Includes Renewal of American Values

In his weekly address, President Obama discusses the blueprint he put forward this week in the State of the Union Address for creating an economy built to last. After focusing on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers during each of the last three days, he used his weekly address to highlight his commitment to a renewal of American values. The President is challenging leaders in Washington, DC to follow the model set by our men and women in the military, end the gridlock and start tackling the issues that matter — without regard for personal ambition.

“President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address and a Voice of America 70th Anniversary message in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)”

In Case You Missed It

*State of the Union: *

In his third State of the Union Address [http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/25/president-obama-delivers-2012-state-union] on Tuesday, the President outlined his vision for “an America that lasts”—one that will bring about a new era of American manufacturing, and promote homegrown and alternative energy sources—and presented a bueprint [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/24/blueprint-america-built-last ] to achieve that vision. Check out this video that goes behind the scenes [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/24/2012-state-union-behind-scenes ] as President Obama prepared the speech.

*Blueprint for Manufacturing: *
During his visit to New Hampshire [ www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/27/vice-president-biden-america-coming-back ] following Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Vice President Biden highlighted the Administration’s plan to help businesses bring jobs back to America through manufacturing. He echoed the President’s message that we need to commit to train workers with the skills they will need to compete in the growing sectors of our economy.

*Talking Energy in Las Vegas: *
From a UPS facility in Las Vegas, the President spoke [
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/26/president-obama-discusses-blueprint-american-made-energy ] about the future of American-made energy [
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/26/everything-you-need-know-president-obamas-blueprint-american-made-energy ]. “[Even] with all this oil production, we only have about 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves,” the President said, “So we’ve got to have an all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every source of American energy—a strategy that is cleaner and cheaper and full of new jobs.”

*#WHchat: *
Throughout the week, more than thirty administration officials have answered questions about President Obama’s State of the Union Address and issues Americans care about through a series of Office Hours on Twitter [
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/26/twitter-office-hours-marathon-state-union twitterverse as @VP—answered questions [ http://storify.com/vp/your-twitter-interview-with-at-vp-biden ] submitted by people across the country in his first-ever Twitter interview [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/26/vice-president-biden-holds-first-twitter-interview ] from an advanced manufacturing facility in Rochester, New Hampshire.

*NHL Champs: *
On Monday, the President welcomed the Boston Bruins [
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/23/president-obama-welcomes-boston-bruins ] to the White House and congratulated them on their Stanley Cup victory in June—marking the team’s sixth Cup championship, and their first one in nearly forty years. Their triumph, the President said, “proved that teamwork is everything.” After their visit to the White House, the players led a hockey clinic–affirming that being a champion doesn’t end when you hang up your skates.

*West Wing Week:*
This week, the President prepared for and delivered his State of the Union Address, welcomed the Boston Bruins to the White House, and took his message West to Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. Check out the video [
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/27/west-wing-week-1272012-or-special-state-union-edition-2012 ].

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January 29, 2012 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference Progress Report

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Achieving a Brighter Future for Tribal Nations

Executive Summary

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 16, 2010, President Obama, joined by Cabinet Secretaries and other senior Administration officials from the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency, met with leaders invited from all 565 federally recognized tribes to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. government and tribal governments. In his opening remarks, President Obama discussed his Administration’s comprehensive strategy, developed in consultation with tribal governments, to meet the challenges facing Indian Country—including growing the economy and creating jobs; taking land into trust for federally recognized tribes; improving health care for Native Americans and all Americans; enhancing tribal schools from primary education to tribal colleges; and reforming the way justice is served on Indian reservations.

President Obama also announced that the United States was lending support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration). Like the Administration’s strategy for Indian Country, the decision to support the Declaration followed multiple consultation sessions with tribal leaders and other meetings with interested groups and individuals. However, the decision to support the Declaration was not an end in itself. As President Obama made clear: “What matters far more than words—what matters far more than any resolution or declaration—are actions to match those words.”

The Administration’s commitment to that standard of action is reflected in the many federal policies and programs discussed throughout this report that are being implemented by federal agencies in response to concerns raised by American Indians and Alaska Natives. These policies are focused on healthcare, education, public safety and economic development for American Indian and Alaska Native communities and protecting tribal lands and the environment. And federal agencies will continue to be informed by the Declaration as they implement these policies and develop new initiatives together with tribal leaders.

President Barack Obama meets with tribal leaders

Obama Administration Accomplishments for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made tremendous progress in addressing the major issues of concern to Indian Country. Underlying this progress is President Obama’s strong belief that tribal leaders must be part of the solution and have a seat at the table. At both the 2009 and 2010 White House Tribal Nations Conferences, tribal leaders had discussions with the President and Cabinet officials. In addition, at the 2009 Conference, the President signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to fully implement an Executive Order on tribal consultation. Both actions have led to greater tribal consultation and feedback that has helped shape the Administration’s policy priorities for American Indians and Alaska Natives, which have included improving the quality of care offered by the Indian Health Service, promoting economic development in Indian Country, and making tribal communities safer.

The following highlights some of the key accomplishments that this Administration has achieved in support of Native Americans.

  • Strengthening the Government-to-Government Relationship: In 2009, President Obama signed a memorandum to signal a new era in the government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes, which has improved communication and inclusiveness. The President directed every agency to develop detailed plans to fully implement Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments.” Federal agencies have submitted the required plans and progress reports, and consultations are now at historic levels. In addition, the President has hosted two White House Tribal Nations Conferences, inviting tribal leaders from each of the 565 federal recognized tribes to meet with Cabinet secretaries and senior Administration officials.
     
  • Improving Health Care and Healthy Living: President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which is improving the quality of health care and make it more accessible and affordable for all Americans, including Native Americans. The law permanently authorized new and expanded programs and services available to those who use the Indian Health Service, which includes most American Indians and Alaska Natives. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! in Indian Country, bringing together federal agencies, local communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation by creating a healthy start on life for children; ensuring families access to healthy, affordable, traditional foods; and increasing opportunities for physical activity.
     
  • Promoting Sustainable Economic Development in Indian Country: President Obama has taken significant steps to promote the economic well-being of Native Americans. The Recovery Act provided more than $3 billion to help tribal communities renovate schools on reservations, spur job creation in tribal economies, improve housing and energy efficiency, and support health facilities and policing services. Recognizing that Indian Country faces unique challenges when it comes to sustainable economic development, the White House Rural Council is working across federal agencies to address these challenges and promote economic prosperity and quality of life in Indian Country and across rural America. The Administration has already made important investments in infrastructure to support economic development in Indian Country. In order to bring high-speed, affordable broadband into tribal communities, both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce have dedicated programs for this effort and have awarded loans and grants worth over $1.5 billion for projects to benefit tribal areas.  
     
  • Making Tribal Communities Safer: President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) into law in July 2010. The TLOA gives tribes greater sentencing authority, improves defendants’ rights, establishes new guidelines and training for officers handling domestic violence and sex crimes, strengthens services to victims; helps combat alcohol and drug abuse, helps at-risk youth, and expands recruitment and retention of Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal officers and gives them better access to criminal databases. Also, in July 2011, the Department of Justice submitted to Congress a legislative proposal that would recognize certain tribes’ power to exercise concurrent criminal authority over domestic-violence cases, regardless of whether the defendant is Indian or non-Indian. This proposal would significantly improve safety for Native women and allow federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to hold more perpetrators of domestic violence accountable for their crimes. 
     
  • Resolving Longstanding Disputes: President Obama has resolved several significant and longstanding Native American legal claims against the United States. In 2010, the Administration reached a $760 million settlement with Native American farmers and ranchers in the Keepseagle case, alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in loan programs. Under the agreement, USDA will pay $680 million in damages and forgive $80 million of outstanding farm loan debt. President Obama also signed into law the Claims Resolution Act which includes the Cobell v. Salazar settlement agreement. This class-action suit lawsuit regarding the U.S. government’s trust management and accounting of over three hundred thousand individual American Indian trust accounts had been long-running and highly contentious. In addition, the Claims Resolution Act included four water settlements benefitting seven tribes in Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico.
     
  • Addressing Indigenous Issues: The President announced the United States’ support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in December 2010. President Obama and his Administration are working to improve relations with indigenous peoples by looking to the principles embodied in the Declaration in its dealings with federally recognized tribes, while also working with all indigenous individuals and communities in the United States.
     
  • Ensuring Greater Representation for Native Americans: To ensure that Native Americans are represented in this Administration, President Obama appointed Larry Echo Hawk of the Pawnee Nation as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux of the Rosebud Sioux tribe as the Director of the Indian Health Service, Hilary Tompkins of the Navajo Nation as the Solicitor of the Interior, Lillian Sparks of the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes as Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans, Tracie Stevens of the Tulalip Tribes as Chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, Charles Galbraith of the Navajo Nation as Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Kimberly Teehee of the Cherokee Nation as Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Domestic Policy Council, and others. Working with tribal leaders, this team is helping shape federal policies that impact tribal communities.

The Full Report is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/2011whtnc_report.pdf

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January 26, 2012 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trick-or-Treat with the President and First Lady

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Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome area students and the children of military families to the White House for trick-or-treating.

Check out the video below,  of the President and First Lady handing out cookies, White House M&M’s and dried fruit mix to trick-or-treaters at the North Portico of the White House.


The White House and the surrounding grounds are decorated in celebration of Halloween. As the trick-or-treaters made their way across the North Lawn to the North Portico they were entertained by the Marine Band playing Halloween music and spooked by in-costume actors from Washington-area theatres, brought together by theatre Washington.

For the recipes, see The Whitehouse Blog

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Care Fails: We Can’t Take “No” for An Answer

 Last night, Republicans blocked the American Jobs Act. Not a single member of the Republican Party voted for the bill which independent economists estimate would put up to 1.9 million Americans back to work next year.

Read Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer’s blog post on the consequences of Republicans in the Senate blocking the American Jobs Act.

Photo of the Day

Whitehouse Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 11, 2011, to thank them for their work in disrupting a plot to assassinate Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 13, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creating a new law that makes the world a more fun place.

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President Obama’s “Photo of the Day”

President Obama: “I’m with Ronald Reagan”President Obama spoke yesterday at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, on how the American Jobs Act will put thousands of teachers back into schools and make sure that all Americans are paying their fair share.

The President noted a certain well-known Republican who agreed it was “crazy” that certain tax loopholes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary:

You know who this guy was? Wasn’t a Democrat. Wasn’t some crazy socialist. It was Ronald Reagan. It was Ronald Reagan. Last time I checked, Republicans all thought Reagan made some sense. So, the next time you hear one of those Republicans in Congress accusing you of class warfare, you just tell them, I’m with Ronald Reagan.

Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama talks with children during a tour of the Lab School’s early childhood education classrooms at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, Oct. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 5, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama signs bill averting government shutdown

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The short-term spending bill was passed overnight by both houses of Congress and keeps the government operating until Friday. Its signing was announced in a news release, in contrast to the dramatics earlier this week.

President Obama at the White House after he spoke regarding the budget and averted government shutdown Friday. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

President Obama signed the short-term spending bill that averted a government shutdown, the White House announced Saturday.

The measure, passed overnight by both houses of Congress, keeps the government operating until Friday. In a sharp contrast to the week of political sturm und drang, the signing was announced in a news release.

Earlier, Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to work together and be willing to compromise on the difficult economic and social problems ahead as they did to avert a government shutdown just hours earlier.

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April 9, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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