By Jueseppi B.
As President Obama explained yesterday in Phoenix, having the chance to own your home is a cornerstone of what it means to be middle class in America. And while our housing market is beginning to heal from the 2008 collapse – home prices are rising and sales are up – there’s still more work to do.
“We’ve got to give more hardworking Americans the chance to buy their first home. We have to help more responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages,” President Obama said. “And we’ve got to turn the page on this kind of bubble-and-bust mentality that helped to create this mess in the first place.”
Homeowners, renters and prospective buyers submitted questions via social media about issues like mortgage interest rates, access to refinancing, help for neighborhoods hit hard by the housing crisis, and President Obama’s plan for reforming the housing finance market. Watch the full interview, or jump to selected questions from the list below.
President Obama Answers Your Housing Questions with Zillow
August 07, 2013 | Public Domain
President Obama answers housing questions from Americans around the country in an interview with Zillow CEO Spencer Raskoff. Questions were submitted via social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine.
Megan SlackAugust 07, 2013
06:19 PM EDTPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks to troops during a rally at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama traveled to Camp Pendleton today to visit with troops and their families and thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation.
“I’m here because, for more than a decade, you -— and all our men and women in uniform -— have borne the burden in this time of war,” President Obama said.
After our nation was attacked, you were some of the very first conventional forces in Afghanistan -— racing in, hundreds of miles by helicopter, toppling that regime and driving al Qaeda from its camps. Then when the fight shifted to Iraq, you were there -— racing toward Baghdad and deposing a dictator. And through years of combat -— in Tikrit, Fallujah and Ramadi -— your courage added to the glories of the Marines’ long and illustrious history.
President Obama also called on Congress to agree on a responsible plan that reduces our deficits but also keeps our military strong, which includes caring for wounded warriors, military families, and service members who transition to civilian life.
“That’s what you deserve,” President Obama said. “That’s what your families deserve. That’s what I’m fighting for and that is my commitment to you.”
President Obama Speaks to Troops at Camp Pendleton
August 07, 2013 | 25:31 |Public Domain
President Obama thanks troops and their families for their extraordinary service to our nation.
In Performance at the White House Memphis Soul 2013
Published on Apr 26, 2013
President and Mrs. Obama host a celebration of the timeless classics of “Memphis Soul” in this PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House. The all-star concert honors the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee, and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records, which featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more.
Statements and Releases August 07, 2013
Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the Expiration of the Ban on Imports from Burma
August 7th, 2013: Photo of the Day
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