By Jueseppi B.
Note: Watch the first “We the Geeks” Hangout on Thursday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. EDT on WhiteHouse.gov and on the White House Google+ page. You can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #WeTheGeeks.
On May 16th, the White House is kicking off “We the Geeks,” a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Topics such as commercial space exploration, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, turning science fiction to science fact, and others will be discussed with Administration officials and key private sector contributors.
The first “We the Geeks” Hangout will focus on Grand Challenges, ambitious goals on a national or global scale that capture the imagination and demand advances in innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology. Grand Challenges are an important element of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation. On April 2nd, the President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropists to join with him in identifying and pursuing the Grand Challenges of the 21st century.
President Obama Speaks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service
May 15, 2013 | 9:37 | Public Domain
President Obama delivers remarks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty in the previous year.
Yesterday, President Obama spoke at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the previous year.
The President said that the 143 officers honored “exemplified the very idea of citizenship — that with our God-given rights come responsibilities and obligations to ourselves and to others.”
President Barack Obama bows his head after placing a flower in a wreath during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty in the previous year, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. May 15, 2013. Chuck Canterbury, National President, Fraternal Order of Police and Linda Hennie, President, FOP Auxiliary stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama greets audience members during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty in the previous year, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. May 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Hanging out with “We the Geeks”
The White House is kicking off “We the Geeks,” a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States.
President Obama Discusses the Internal Revenue Service
President Obama discusses the Treasury Department’s review of the Internal Revenue Service.
The President and Vice President’s 2012 Financial Disclosure Forms
See the President and Vice President’s 2012 financial disclosure reports.
All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
9:50 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey.
12:00 PM: The President and Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey hold a joint press conference.
1:30 PM: The Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of State Kerry host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister Erdogan.
2:30 PM: The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Ivica Dacic of Serbia.
4:30 PM: The President meets with senior advisors.
5:15 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at an event with Prime Minister Erdogan.
6:30 PM: The President hosts a working dinner with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey.
Statements and Releases
Speeches and Remarks
5/15/13: White House Press Briefing
Published on May 15, 2013
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
President Obama Makes a Statement
May 15, 2013 | 3:36 | Public Domain
President Obama delivers a statement on the situation regarding the Internal Revenue Service after meeting with senior Treasury officials.
07:16 PM EDT
Just after 6:00 PM ET, President Obama spoke from the East Room of the White House about the Treasury Department’s review of the Internal Revenue Service.
“I’ve reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog’s report, and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable,” he said. “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives. And as I said earlier, it should not matter what political stripe you’re from — the fact of the matter is, is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity. The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. That’s especially true for the IRS.”
The President laid out a series of steps aimed at holding the responsible parties accountable and putting new safeguards in place to prevent future issues.
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation regarding the Internal Revenue Service after meeting with Senior Treasury officials, in the East Room of the White House, May 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
May 15, 2013
03:05 PM EDT
Today, the President and Vice President released their 2012 financial disclosure reports.
The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests. The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials. Those finances are set forth in annual disclosures which are reviewed and certified by ethics officials. Neither the President nor the Vice President have any conflicts of interest, and their reports have been reviewed and certified by the independent Office of Government Ethics. We are continuing this Administration’s practice of posting these forms online here in the interests of transparency:
White House staff are also completing their forms and we anticipate they will be available here next month, also in electronic form.
For more information
Joint Press Conference with President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan at White House
Published on May 16, 2013
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey will keep ramping up pressure to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad from power, with his country’s civil war having “wracked the region.” At a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the White House Rose Garden, Obama says the only way to resolve the crisis is for Assad to hand over power to a transitional government. He says Turkey will play a critical role in that process.
President Barack Obama welcomes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House. The ongoing crisis in Syria is expected to be among the topics that are discussed.President Obama, Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan speak to press.
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