By Jueseppi B.
Bo, the Obama family dog, plays in the snow in the Rose Garden of the White House, Jan. 24 (Photo by Pete Souza)
This afternoon, Vice President Biden sat down with Americans from around the country to talk about proposals to reduce gun violence in a live Google+ Hangout. During the virtual roundtable, participants from all different backgrounds asked the Vice President about topics ranging from an assault weapons ban to the Second Amendment and from mental health checks to making our schools safer. In case you missed the event live, check out the full video below, and learn more about the plan.
This “Fireside Hangout” was hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour with guests including: Guy Kawasaki, an author and technology expert; Phil DeFranco, a media entrepreneur and host of the Phil Defranco show on YouTube; Theresa Ttillett, a mother and grandmother living in Hartford, CT; and Kimberley Blaine, a blogger and therapist who leads several parenting communities on Google+. This was the Vice President’s first hangout, and the first White House hangout of the second term.
White House Hangout with Vice President Joe Biden on Reducing Gun Violence
Published on Jan 24, 2013
Vice President Biden participates in a “Fireside Hangout” — a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses — to talk about reducing gun violence. The hangout was hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour. Other participants included Guy Kawasaki and Philip DeFranco. January 24, 2013.
Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Google+ Hangout about the Administration’s efforts to reduce gun violence, in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex. January 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Today, President Obama announced he would nominate Richard Cordray to continue as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, established by theWall Street Reform Act President Obama signed into law in 2010, is charged with overseeing the federal financial laws that specifically protect consumers—people who keep their money in banks and credit unions, pay for goods and services with their credit cards, and rely on loans to buy homes or pay for college, among other services.
“Over the last year, Richard has proved to be a champion of American consumers,” President Obama said.
Thanks to his leadership, we’ve made it tougher for families to be tricked into mortgages they can’t afford. We’ve set clearer rules so that responsible lenders know how to operate fairly. We’ve launched a “Know Before You Owe” campaign to help parents and students make smart decisions about paying for college. We’ve cracked down on credit card companies that charge hidden fees, and forced those companies to make things right. And through it all, Richard has earned a reputation as a straight shooter and somebody who’s willing to bring every voice to the table in order to do what’s right for consumers and our economy.
Have questions about how the Wall Street Reform Act is helping protect consumers? Watch the video below, or check out this handy explainer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 101: Why We Need a Consumer Watchdog.
Published on Jan 24, 2013
President Obama nominates Richard Cordray to continue as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Mary Jo White as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. January 24, 2013.
President Obama announced today that he wants Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who has built a reputation as a tough and effective prosecutor with a proven record of bringing criminals to justice, to head up the Security and Exchange Commission in his second term.
As U.S. Attorney, White specialized in investigating and prosecuting large scale white collar crimes and complex securities and financial institution fraud — and won convictions against the terrorists responsible for bombing the World Trade Center and American embassies in Africa, as well as John Gotti, the head of the Gambino crime family. As President Obama saidduring the personnel announcement in the State Dining Room, “You don’t want to mess with Mary Jo.”
It’s not unusual for guests on the White House tour to harbor a secret hope that they just might bump into the President, Mrs. Obama or even Bo as they make their way through the historic rooms that serve double duty as home to our First Family. In reality, it almost never happens, which is why these visitors found themselves nearly speechless on Tuesday, when three of the Obamas surprised them with an impromptu welcome in the Blue Room. Check out their reactions, below:
Behind the Scenes: Surprising White House Visitors
Published on Jan 24, 2013
Go behind the scenes at the White House as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama surprise visitors on tour at the White House the day after the President’s second inauguration.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Surprise White House Visitors
Published on Jan 22, 2013
The President, First Lady, and Bo make an unannounced appearance in the Blue Room to greet visitors during a public tour of the White House. January 22, 2013.
Statements and Releases
January 24, 2013
Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women
Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens. This milestone reflects the courageous and patriotic service of women through more than two centuries of American history and the indispensable role of women in today’s military. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, including more than 150 women who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan—patriots whose sacrifices show that valor knows no gender.
Earlier today I called Secretary of Defense Panetta to express my strong support for this decision, which will strengthen our military, enhance our readiness, and be another step toward fulfilling our nation’s founding ideals of fairness and equality. I congratulate our military, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for the rigor that they have brought to this process. As Commander in Chief, I am absolutely confident that—as with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’—the professionalism of our armed forces will ensure a smooth transition and keep our military the very best in the world. Today, every American can be proud that our military will grow even stronger with our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters playing a greater role in protecting this country we love.
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