By Jueseppi B.
December 26, 2013
04:05 PM EST
As 2013 draws to a close, we’ve compiled a timeline of some of the top @WhiteHouse tweets from the past year.
This year, @WhiteHouse added nearly 1 million new followers and surpassed 4.4 million overall, while continuing to be an important tool for the White House to engage with citizens and provide updates from President Obama and his Administration.
Take a look at some of the top tweets below, and be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter for news and updates in the New Year. Don’t forget to check back for more Year in Review roundups throughout the week.
01:48 PM EST
In 2013, the White House joined Tumblr, and we’re taking stock as the year comes to a close. Since launching, we’ve grown to more than 80,000 followers (thanks guys!) — and there have been some pretty amazing GIFs. That’s where this post comes in.
Without further ado, here are our 13 favorite GIFs (that’s a hard ‘G’) from 2013:
1. We’ve added more than 8 million jobs over 45 consecutive months. In May, we animated the jobs chart to show you what that looks like:
In 2013, our economy grew, and our deficit shrunk. For the first time in almost two decades, we said that we’re producing more oil at home than we buy from the rest of the world. We honored our heroes. We bounced back from national tragedies and natural disasters. We strengthened our relationships with allies around the world and took action to promote the American dream at home. Take a look at our 2013 year in review.
President Obama is Sworn in for a Second Term
State of the Union 2013
President Obama Visits the Middle East
In the first foreign trip of his second term in office, President Obama visited Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.
The President Sends his Fiscal Year 2014 Budget to Congress
“To make America a magnet for good jobs, this budget invests in new manufacturing hubs to help turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. We’ll spark new American innovation and industry with cutting-edge research like the initiative I announced to map the human brain and cure disease. We’ll continue our march towards energy independence and address the threat of climate change. And our Rebuild America Partnership will attract private investment to put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads, our bridges and our schools, in turn attracting even more new business to communities across the country.” — President Obama, April 10, 2013
A New Legal Framework for Action Against Terrorists
In a speech at National Defense University, the President discussed how the threat of terrorism has changed substantially since September 11, 2011, and explained his comprehensive strategy to meet these threats.
A Plan to Take Action on Climate Change
President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.
The President established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2011 to make sure American consumers are treated fairly in the financial market place — whether they’re applying for a credit card, taking out a loan to buy a home or pay for college, dealing with a debt collector or other activities. Two years after the President first nominated Richard Cordray to run the new agency, the Senate confirmed him as the Director of the CFPB, giving consumers more certainty that the protections provided by the agency will continue.
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, President Obama delivered remarks from the Lincoln Memorial.
Five Years After the Financial Crisis
In a series of audio interviews, senior staff members from across the Obama administration offered an exclusive look in to the response to the 2008 financial crisis, how key decisions were made, and the results of President Obama’s unprecedented actions that put us on the path to recovery.
The Government Shuts Down — and Reopens
On October 1, Congress failed to pass a budget, shutting down most of the federal government. Seventeen days later, President Obama signed legislation to re-open it, thanks to the Democrats and responsible Republicans who worked together on a bill to fund the government and pay America’s bills.
The First-Ever White House Student Film Festival
The White House invited K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one- to three-minute web videos. Finalists could have their films screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (And there’s still time to enter!)
Progress on all 23 Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence
In January, President Obama laid out 23 executive actions to take essential and rapid steps to save lives while respecting our Second Amendment rights. Less than a year later, the Administration had completed or made significant progress on all of them.
Remembering Nelson Mandela
At a national memorial service in Johannesburg for former South African President Nelson Mandela, the President reflected on what Mandela meant to him personally, as well to the people of South Africa, and urged all of us to remember Madiba’s legacy and contributions to humanity.