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President Barack Obama and President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy address the media at the start of their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Feb. 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano joined President Obama today in the Oval Office for a discussion about the deep and abiding friendship between our two countries. President Obama thanked Italy for their contributions to the NATO alliance, and called President Napolitano, whose term ends in May, a visionary leader, “who has helped to guide and steer Europe towards greater unification, but always with a strong transatlantic relationship in mind.”
Today, in a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, answered questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook about the President’s plans for immigration reform. The “Open for Questions” session was moderated by Elianne Ramos from LATISM. Check it out below.
Open For Questions: The State of the Union and Immigration Reform
This week, in his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined plans to build a stronger America, including actions to help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. This vision builds on the continuing work of the White House Startup America initiative, an ongoing effort to inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the United States.
Deputy Secretary Blank Travels to BMW in Spartanburg, SC to Highlight Revitalization of American Manufacturing
Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and JCourosef Kerscher, the President of BMW Manufacturing, stand in front of a BMW X5. (Courtesy of Commerce.gov)
Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited BMW Manufacturing today and delivered remarks on the President’splan to make America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing. The Deputy Secretary highlighted the President’s proposals for a new Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, the SelectUSA program, and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Blank’s visit comes on the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, in which he outlined a broad agenda for revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, spurring innovation, and accelerating export growth.
Today, in a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden, answered questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook about the President’s plan to reduce gun violence. The “Open for Questions” session was moderated by iVillage. Check it out below.
Open for Questions: The State of the Union and Reducing Gun Violence
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White House Announces 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll
The President and First Lady announced today that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 1st. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential, the activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives. The White House will open its South Lawn for children ages 13 years and younger and their families.
White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. The lottery will open for entries on February 21st at 10:00 AM EST and close on February 25th at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets are free of charge and are non-transferable. Full ticketing details can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll.
To place your commemorative egg order, please visit www.recreation.gov, and follow the link to the online Easter egg store.
For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll or call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. Media details will be released in the coming weeks.
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