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NEW WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Impact Of Raising The Minimum Wage On Women


 

By Jueseppi B.

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NEW WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women and the Importance of Ensuring a Robust Tipped Minimum Wage

 

“Most people who would get a raise if we raise the minimum wage are not teenagers on their first job – their average age is 35.  A majority of lower-wage jobs are held by women.  These Americans are working full-time, often supporting families, and if the minimum wage had kept pace with our economy’s productivity, they’d already be earning well over $10 an hour today.  Instead, it’s stuck at $7.25.  Every time Congress refuses to raise it, it loses value because the cost of living goes higher, minimum wage stays the same.”

- President Obama, Remarks at Central Connecticut State University, March 5, 2014

Over the past 30 years, modest minimum wage increases have not kept pace with the rising costs of basic necessities for working families. No one who works full time should have to raise his or her family in poverty. President Obama supports raising the minimum wage to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and has made it a key part of his plan to create more opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead in 2014.

The President knows this is important for workers, and good for the economy. That is why the President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage for federal contract workers and is calling on Congress to raise the national minimum wage  from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation thereafter, while also raising the tipped minimum wage for the first time in over 20 years. Increasing the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage is especially important for women, who make up more than half of the workforce in jobs that pay the minimum wage and tipped occupations. Today, the White House is releasing a new report that lays out how women and the workforce would benefit if Congress passed legislation to raise the national minimum wage and tipped minimum wage for all Americans. Key findings from the report include:

Raising the minimum wage is especially important for women because:

  • Women in the workforce are more highly concentrated in low-wage sectors such as personal care and healthcare support occupations.
  • Women account for more than half (55 percent) of all workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage to $10.10.

Women also make up the majority of workers in predominantly tipped occupation.  Under Federal law, employers are allowed to pay a “tipped minimum wage” of $2.13 to employees who regularly earn tips as long as their tips plus the tipped minimum wage meet or exceed $7.25 per hour.

  • Women account for 72 percent of all workers in predominantly tipped occupations – such as restaurant servers, bartenders, and hairstylists.
  • Average hourly wages for workers in predominantly tipped occupations are nearly 40 percent lower than overall average hourly wages.
  • Workers in predominantly tipped occupations are twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty, and servers are almost three times as likely to be in poverty.
  • About half of all workers in predominantly tipped occupations would see their earnings increase as a result of the President’s proposal.

The national tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 for over 20 years.  Partly as a result, tipped workers are at greater risk of not earning the full minimum wage, even though employers are required by law to ensure that employees’ tips plus their employer-paid wage meet or exceed the full minimum wage.

  • Since 1991, the tipped minimum wage has declined by 40 percent in real terms.  Today, the tipped minimum wage equals just 29 percent of the full minimum wage, the lowest share since the tipped minimum wage was established in 1966.
  • When surveyed, more than 1 in 10 workers in predominantly tipped occupations report hourly wages below the full national minimum wage, including tips. This fact highlights the challenges of ensuring compliance with minimum wage laws for tipped workers, as the employer contribution has been eroded by 20 years of inflation.
  • Many states have recognized the need for a greater employer contribution to the wages of tipped workers. Currently 32 states (including the District of Columbia) require employers to pay tipped workers an hourly wage that exceeds the national tipped minimum of $2.13 – and seven of these states require employers to pay both tipped and non-tipped workers the same state minimum wage before tips.

Raising the full minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage will help reduce poverty among women and their families, as well as make progress toward closing the gender pay gap.

  • About one-quarter (26 percent) of all workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 have dependent children, and 31 percent of female workers who would benefit have children.
  • 2.8 million working single parents would benefit from the President’s proposed increase in the full minimum wage, more than 80 percent of whom are women.
  • Research shows that raising the minimum wage reduces child poverty among female-headed households.
  • Increasing the minimum wage can also help women work their way out of poverty and into the middle class.
  • For every dollar that men earn, women earn just 77 cents. Estimates from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers suggest that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and indexing it to inflation could close about 5 percent of the gender wage gap.

 

Read the entire report in PDF form…..

THE IMPACT OF RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE ON WOMEN – March 2014

 

This report was prepared by the National Economic
Council, the Council of Economic Advisers, the
Domestic Policy Council, and the Department of
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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 4th Of March. Happy Fat Tuesday!!!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 4th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 4th, 2014

 

10:00 am: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
11:10 am: The President visits The  Powell Elementary School classroom, Washington D.C.

 
11:30 am: The President  delivers remarks on the FY2015 budget, Powell Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

Live stream of budget briefing at 12:45 pm, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 
5:00 pm: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, The Oval Office.

 
7:25 pm: The President delivers remarks at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser; Private Residence, McLean, Virginia.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 3rd Thru March 7th, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and our plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Week Ahead

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2014
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

 

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 11:30 AM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 45 different countries. This will be the sixth year the First Lady has attended this event.

 

The International Women of Courage Award ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed at http://www.state.gov.  Attendees and those watching the live-stream are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #IWOC and #IWD when discussing the events. Logistics information is available HERE and for additional press inquiries, please contact PressDuty@state.gov or (202) 647-2492.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miami, FL * 1:30 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. A portion of the discussion will air on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 6. This event will be closed press.

 

Miami, FL * 3:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance. This event will be covered by a pre-determined pool.

 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.

 

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

Next Up…

March 04, 2014 11:30 AM EST

President Obama Speaks on the FY 2015 Budget

Washington, DC, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

 

March 04, 2014 12:45 PM EST

Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell Speaks on the President’s FY 2015 Budget

The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

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Readout of the Vice President’s Calls on Ukraine

In a telephone call this afternoon, Vice President Biden spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss ongoing diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The two leaders also reviewed plans to support Ukraine’s economic reforms.  In addition, the Vice President spoke by telephone with Estonian President Toomas Ilves to consult on the situation in Ukraine, including the international effort to de-escalate the situation and assure the stability of Ukraine and the region.

 

 

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FACT SHEET: International Support for Ukraine

President Obama has made clear that the United States will continue to support the Government of Ukraine, including economically.  We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will provide rapid financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine restore economic stability and conduct free, fair, and inclusive new elections that will allow the Ukrainian people to continue to make democratic choices about their future.

 

The new Ukrainian government has inherited an economy with enormous potential but that is currently financially fragile and uncompetitive.  The Government of Ukraine has said publicly that it will work to meet these urgent challenges.  As the government implements important reforms, the United States will work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that Ukraine has sufficient financing to restore financial stability and return to growth.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is already engaging to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy.  We understand that an IMF mission is currently in Kyiv working with the Ukrainian government at their request.  The IMF will be at the front lines of an international package for Ukraine and is positioned to support  robust and market-oriented reforms needed to restore Ukraine to economic health, including via providing large-scale financing and technical support.  At the same time, the United States is working alongside international partners and the Government of Ukraine to assemble a package of assistance to complement and support an IMF program.

 

As part of this international effort, the United States has developed a package of bilateral assistance focused on meeting Ukraine’s most pressing needs and helping Ukraine to enact the reforms needed to make its IMF program a success.  We are working with Congress to approve the 2010 IMF quota legislation, which  would support the IMF’s capacity to lend additional resources to Ukraine, while also helping to preserve continued U.S. leadership within this important institution.  We are ready to work with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide U.S. loan guarantees and other financial and technical assistance to address Ukraine’s four most urgent needs:

 

  • Critical assistance with economic reforms, including by cushioning their impact on vulnerable Ukrainians:  The U.S. Administration is working with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at helping insulate vulnerable Ukrainians from the effects of reduced energy subsidies.  At the same time, the United States is moving quickly to provide technical expertise to help the National Bank of Ukraine and the Ministry of Finance address their most pressing challenges.  The United States is dispatching highly experienced technical advisors to help the Ukrainian financial authorities manage immediate market pressures.  The United States will also provide expertise to help Ukraine implement critical energy sector reforms.
  • Conducting free, fair, and inclusive elections:  The United States will provide technical assistance to train election observers, help bring electoral processes in line with international standards, and promote robust participation by civil society organizations and a free and independent media.
  • Combatting corruption and recovering stolen assets:  The United States is preparing to help the government respond to the clear demands of the Ukrainian people for more robust safeguards against corruption and additional efforts to recover assets stolen from the people of Ukraine.  The United States will support the government as it takes tangible steps to reduce corruption and increase transparency, including in areas such as e-government and public procurement.  The United States is deploying an interagency team of experts to Kyiv this week to begin to work with their Ukrainian counterparts to identify assets that may have been stolen, identify their current location, and assist in returning those assets to Ukraine.
  • Withstanding politically motivated trade actions by Russia, including in the area of energy:  The United States is preparing to provide technical advice to the Ukrainian government on Ukraine’s WTO rights with respect to trade with Russia.  At the same time the United States is ready to provide assistance and financing to help Ukrainian businesses find new export markets and adjust to trade pressures and to enhance energy efficiency, helping to reduce dependence on imported gas.

 

 

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Readout of President Obama’s Call with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed

President Obama spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed today as part of regular consultations between our two countries on a range of regional issues.  The President reaffirmed his commitment to the United States’ strong partnership with the UAE.  They shared views on a range of regional issues and common security challenges, and agreed to continue our close consultations.

 

 

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Opportunity For All: Middle Class Tax Cuts In The President’s FY 2015 Budget

The President’s FY2015 budget released today will show how to achieve real, lasting economic security and expand opportunity for all so that every American who is willing to work hard can get ahead.   The President’s budget will show in real terms the choices we can make to expand economic opportunity and strengthen the middle class, like closing unfair tax loopholes so we can invest in the things we need to help the middle class and those striving to get into it, grow our economy, and provide economic opportunity for every American. It invests in infrastructure, job training, and preschool; cuts taxes for working Americans while closing tax loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and well-connected; and reduces the deficit.

 

In the State of the Union, the President called for an expansion of one of those tax cuts for working Americans, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  The President’s budget will lay out the details of this proposal, which would cut taxes for 13.5 million working Americans, while also proposing to expand tax cuts to help middle-class and working families afford child care, send their kids to college and retire with dignity. These pro-growth and pro-opportunity tax cuts would be fully offset by closing tax loopholes, including the so-called “Gingrich” and “Carried Interest” provisions that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes other workers pay.

 

The White House also released a report on the economic benefits of expanding the EITC.  To read the report, click HERE.

 

DETAILS – HOW THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET CUTS TAXES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

The President’s highest priority is to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.  In his first term in office, he cut taxes by $3,600 for a typical middle-class family, and in 2012 he fought to keep taxes low for 98% of households while asking the wealthy to pay the same rates as in the 1990s.  But the President believes there is much more to be done. This year’s Budget would:

 

  • Strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit: The EITC and refundable Child Tax Credit are among our most effective tools for reducing poverty and rewarding work. This year’s Budget proposes to:

 

 

  • Significantly Strengthen the Childless Worker EITC: The President’s Budget significantly strengthens the childless worker EITC, benefiting 13.5 million workers. This expansion would address an important missed opportunity in the EITC – identified by economists of both parties – to provide support and an additional incentive to work to childless adults, while also making it available to younger workers who are currently excluded. This expansion – which would lift about half a million people above the poverty line – would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes everyone else has to pay.

 

  • Make Permanent Important Improvements the President Has Already Achieved: The Budget also makes permanent important EITC and Child Tax Credit improvements that help 16 million families with 30 million children, and have helped lift 1.4 million Americans out of poverty.

 

  • Expand and Improve Tax Benefits that Help Middle-Class and Working Families:

 

  • Pay for Child Care:  Families with young children know how high the cost of childcare can be – and how it often keeps a parent from full-time work.  The Budget proposes a significant expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, targeted to families with children under the age of 5.  About 1.7 million families would benefit from this expansion in 2015, receiving an average tax cut of more than $600.

 

  • Save for Retirement:  Too many households know they should be saving for retirement but lack access to employer-sponsored plans like 401(k)s, which puts the onus on individuals to set up and invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  Complementing the President’s myRA executive action, the Budget proposes to establish automatic IRAs (or auto-IRAs), which will expand access to and build on proven best-practices in the private sector to encourage workers to save.  About 13 million workers would begin contributing to retirement savings through auto-IRAs as a result of this proposal.

 

  • Pay for College:  Education has never been a more important part of the path to opportunity and the middle class, and the President believes that we should do all we can to help students and their families afford college.  That’s why this Budget would:
  • Permanently Extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), which will benefit 11.5 million families and students by an average of more than $1,100.
    • Simplify Taxes for Pell Grant Recipients, benefiting nearly all of the approximately 9 million Pell grant recipients by clarifying AOTC rules and simplifying calculations and providing some with a reduction in taxes or a boost to their AOTC.
    • Provide tax relief to student loan borrowers by excluding student loan forgiveness from taxation for borrowers who have made student loan payments for many years under an income-related repayment plan.

 

 

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca

The President joined Vice President Biden’s meeting today with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. The President praised the strong and important friendship between our two countries and underscored the United States’ deep commitment to supporting Moldova’s European aspirations. The Vice President emphasized that the United States has a profound interest in Moldova’s success as a democratic partner with strong rule of law. He also commended the launching of a new strategic dialogue between our countries, which will serve as a practical forum for strengthening cooperation, including on economic ties. Both the President and the Vice President re-affirmed the United States’ strong support for Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

 

 

February 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Netanyahu Before Bilateral Meeting

 

President Obama Participates In Townhall Focusing On Latinos And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

US Leaders Skip Sochi, Russia Paralympics: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Delegation Canceled.

 

The White House Blog: First Lady Travels To China. Joey B. Calls Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev.

 

Latest Ukraine Updates Photos And Video.

 

Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!

 

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

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Barack After Dark™: The White House Welcomes French President François Hollande.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Arrival:

 

A member of the color guard holds a French flag as President Barack Obama listens to remarks by President François Hollande of France during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A member of the color guard holds a French flag as President Barack Obama listens to remarks by President François Hollande of France during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France at Arrival Ceremony

 

France State Visit Arrival Ceremony

February 11, 2014 | 31:29 |Public Domain

 

President Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, welcome President Hollande of France to the White House for an official state visit.

 

 

 

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The Monticello Visit:

 

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

 

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President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France After Touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

 

 

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

February 10, 2014 | 8:42 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Hollande of France deliver remarks during a tour of Monticello. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

 

 

President Obama and President Hollande, Joint Presser:

 

Press Conference by President Obama and President Hollande of France

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference with President Hollande of France

February 11, 2014 | 31:29 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Hollande answer questions from the press following their bilateral meeting at the White House.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-France Cooperation on Science and Technology

 

FACT SHEET: Student and Youth Exchange Programs between the United States and France

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Cooperation with France on Protecting the Environment, Building a Clean Energy Economy, and Addressing Climate Change

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-France Security Cooperation

 

FACT SHEET: United States-France Economic and Commercial Partnership

 

 

Vice President Biden Hosts a Luncheon for President Hollande

February 11, 2014 | 26:05 |Public Domain

 

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry will host a lunch in honor of President Hollande at the Department of State.

 

 

 

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France State Dinner:

 

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Behind the Scenes: Inside the Kitchen for the France State Dinner

February 11, 2014 | 2:15 |Public Domain

 

Go behind the scenes at the White House as Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Assistant Pastry Chef Susan Morrison talk about themes and creations for the France State Dinner.

 

 

 

Hi everyone! It's Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses - we're taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow's State Dinner for France. Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill

Hi everyone! It’s Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses – we’re taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow’s State Dinner for France. Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill

As local as you can get! We're using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots. Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. #InsideTheWH -Cris

As local as you can get! We’re using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots. Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. #InsideTheWH -Cris

We're using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania. #InsideTheWH -Bill

We’re using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania. #InsideTheWH -Bill

Here's a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we're serving at tomorrow's State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. #InsideTheWH -Cris

Here’s a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we’re serving at tomorrow’s State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. #InsideTheWH -Cris

Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each - that's more than 1,800 petals! #InsideTheWH -Bill

Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each – that’s more than 1,800 petals! #InsideTheWH -Bill

 

President Obama Toasts President Hollande at the France State Dinner

February 11, 2014 | 14:35 |Public Domain

 

President Obama offers a toast at a state dinner in honor of President Hollande of France.

 

 

 

France State Dinner Menu:

 

The France State Dinner Menu

The France State Dinner Menu

 

 

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Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the First Lady

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2014

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner

Below is a list of expected attendees at tonight’s State Dinner. Additional details about the State Dinner are available HERE.

THE PRESIDENT and MRS. OBAMA

HIS EXCELLENCY FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE, PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

Mr. J.J. Abrams, Pacific Palisades, CA

Ms. Katie McGrath

The Honorable Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader (Georgia)

Mr. Ben Jealous

Ms. Jill Abramson, The New York Times, New York, NY

Mr. William Woodson

Mr. Charles Adams, Jr., Washington, DC

General Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service

Mrs. Debbie Alexander

Mr. Peter G. Angelos, Baltimore, MD

Mrs. Georgia Angelos

Mr. Kader Arif, Minister Delegate for Veterans Affairs, French Republic

The Honorable Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs

Mr. Geoffrey Boyd Lamb

Ms. Jennifer Bado-Aleman, Gaithersburg, MD

Mr. Frank Skinner

Mr. Caleb Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mrs. Kourtney Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mr. Dan Barber, New York, NY

Mr. David Barber

The Honorable Karen Bass, United States Representative (California)

Ms. Barbara Jordan

Mr. Terrence Bean, Portland, OR

Mr. Robert Iwasaki

The Honorable Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs

Mr. Brian Fallon

Mr. Joel Benenson, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Benenson, New York, NY

The Honorable Michael Bennet, United States Senator (Colorado)

Ms. Susan Daggett

Mrs. Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY

Mr. Tom Bernstein

Mr. Peter Beshar, Rye, NY

Mrs. Sarah Beshar

The Honorable Steven Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Mrs. Jane Beshear

The Honorable Joseph Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States

Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert Hunter Biden, Washington, DC

Mrs. Kathleen Biden

Ms. Mary J Blige, Saddle River, NJ

Mr. Kendu Isaacs

The Honorable Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Joseph Blount, Miami Beach, FL

Ms. Katherine Blount

Mrs. Nicole Bricq, Minister for Foreign Trade, French Republic

The Honorable William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Lisa Ann Carty

The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Steve Burwell

The Honorable Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (United States House of Representatives)

The Honorable Jay Carney, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary

Ms. Claire Shipman

Mr. Jim Chanos, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal A Connors

Mr. Brian Cladoosby, LaConner, WA

Mrs. Nina Cladoosby

The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Mrs. Susan Clapper

The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission

Mrs. Linda Dean

Mr. Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, Washington, DC

Mr. Andrew Oros

The Honorable David L. Cohen, Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. Rhonda Cohen

The Honorable David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Mrs. Suzy Cohen

Mr. Stephen Colbert, New York, NY

Mrs. Evie Colbert

Ms. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York, NY

Mr. Peter Godwin

Mr. Jason Collins, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Brunson Green

Mr. Jean-Marie Colombani, JMC Media, French Republic

Mr. Marcello Conviti, Carmat, French Republic

Mr. Bradley Cooper, New York, NY

Ms. Suki Waterhouse

Mr. James Crane, Houston, TX

The Honorable Danielle Crutchfield, Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance

The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (Maryland)

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

Mr. Philippe Dauman, New York, NY

Mrs. Deborah Dauman

His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the U.S.

Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias Delattre

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Diane Dempsey

Mr. Stéphane Distinguin, Cap Digital, French Republic

Dr. Karen Donfried, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs

Mr. Alan Untereiner

The Honorable Mike Donilon, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Trish Donilon

Mr. Roland Du Luart, Senator from Sarthe, President of the Franco-American Friendship Committee, French Republic

Mrs. Shefali Duggal, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Rajat Duggal

Mr. Ken Ehrlich, Westlake Village, CA

Mrs. Harriet Ehrlich

His Excellency Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs, French Republic

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Mrs. Genevière Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research, French Republic

Mr. Ken Fisher, Rockville, MD

Mrs. Tammy Fisher

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation

Mrs. Samara Foxx

Mr. Ken Frazier, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Mrs. Andrea Frazier

The Honorable Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

Ms. Nancy Goodman

The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors

Ms. Eve A. Gerber, Washington, DC

Mr. Mark Gallogly, New York, NY

Ms. Elizabeth Strickler

Mr. Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, French Republic

Ms. Thelma Golden, New York, NY

Mr. Duro Olowu

Mr. John Goldman, Atherton, CA

Mrs. Marcia Goldman

Ms. Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News, New York, NY

Mr. Michael Gottlieb

The Honorable Philip H Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region

Mrs. Rachel Gordon

The Honorable Danielle Gray, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

Ms. Jaunique Sealey

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense

Ms. Allyn Hagel

Ms. Laura G Haim, Canal Plus and I-Tele French TV, Washington, DC

Mr. Ara Aprikian

The Honorable William Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee

Mrs. Crissy Haslam

Mr. Samuel Heins, Wayzata, MN

Ms. Stacey Mills

Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran, French Republic

The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy

The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., United States Attorney General

Dr. Sharon Malone

The Honorable John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

Dr. Patricia Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs

Mrs. Laura Holgate, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction

Dr. Rick Holgate

Mr. Steve Holland, Reuters, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Lucie Holland

Mr. Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris Region President, French Republic

Mr. Irwin Jacobs, La Jolla, CA

Mrs. Joan Jacobs

Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Transdev, French Republic

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

Mr. Paul Jean-Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

The Honorable Mike Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

Dr. Susan DiMarco

The Honorable Kevin Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento

Ms. Michelle Rhee

Mr. Hubert Joly, Richfield, MN

Ms. Natalie Jones, Acting Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State

Justice Elena Kagan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ms. Mindy Kaling, Universal City, CA

Ms. Jocelyn Leavitt

Ms. Roberta Kaplan, New York, NY

Ms. Rachel Lavine

The Honorable Cody Keenan, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Kristen Bartoloni

The Honorable Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State

Ms. M. Elizabeth Swope

The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State

The Honorable Leslie Kiernan, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President

Mr. Paul Kiernan

The Honorable Ronald Klain, Chevy Chase, MD

Ms. Monica Medina

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Mrs. Anne Lauvergeon, Chairwoman of “Innovation 2030” Committee, French Republic

Mr. Jonathan Lavine, Weston, MA

Ms. Emily Lavine

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, French Republic

The Honorable Patrick Leahy, President Pro Tempore (United States Senate)

Mrs. Marcelle Leahy

Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Ms. Corine Lesnes, Le Monde, Paris, France

Mr. John Ruddy

The Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury

Dr. Ruth Schwartz

Dr. Tara Leweling, Director for NATO and European Affairs, National Security Council Staff

Mr. Harun Dogo

Ms. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mt. Kisco, NY

Mr. William Louis-Dreyfus

Mr. Emmanuel Macron, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, French Republic

Ms. Kathy Manning, Greensboro, NC

Mr. Randall Kaplan

The Honorable Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Mrs. Kari McDonough

Mr. Cappy McGarr, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Janie McGarr

Mr. Raymond McGuire, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal McCrary

The Honorable Brian McKeon, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Security Council Staff

Ms. Lizabeth Tankersley

Mr. Eliseo Medina, La Canada-Flintridge, CA

Ms. Arcelia Rocio Saenz

Ms. Constance Milstein, Washington, DC

Mr. Jehan Christophe de la Haye St. Hilaire

Ms. Nicola Miner, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Robert Mailer Anderson

The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Deputy National Security Advisor

Mr. Mark Monaco

The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy

Mrs. Naomi Moniz

Mr. Bobby Monks, Portland, ME

Mr. Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Industrial Renewal, French Republic

Mr. Aquilino Morelle, Political Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Pierre Moscovici, Minister for Economy and Finance, French Republic

Mr. Bruce Mosler, New York, NY

Mr. Willard Freeman

The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Amit A. Pandya

Mr. Elon Musk, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Talulah Musk

Mr. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture, French Republic

Ms. Karen Narasaki, Washington, DC

Mr. Vivek Malhotra

The Honorable Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Robert Kagan

The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

Mrs. Lisa Nutter

Mr. Kevin F. O’Malley, St. Louis, MO

Mrs. Dena O’Malley

Ms. Julie Pace, Associated Press, Washington, DC

Mr. Michael Ferenczy

The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Communications Director

Mr. James Lyons

Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, French Republic

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader (United States House of Representatives)

Mrs. Jacqueline Kenneally

Mr. Fabien Penone, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Guillaume Pepy, SNCF, French Republic

The Honorable Tom Perez, Secretary of Labor

Ms. Ann Marie Staudenmaier

The Honorable Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Mr. Richard Plepler, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Plepler

The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President

Mrs. Mary Podesta

The Honorable Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative the United Nations

Mr. Cass Sunstein

The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

Mr. Nicholas Pritzker

General Benoît Puga, Military Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Tangi Quéméner, Agence France-Presse, Bethesda, MD

Ms. Anne Porquet

Ms. Azita Raji, Tiburon, CA

Mr. Gary Syman

The Honorable Stephanie C Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore

Mr. Kent Blake

The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

Ms. Ann Norris

The Honorable Steven Ricchetti, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Mrs. Amy Ricchetti

The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Mr. Ian Cameron

Mrs. Claudine Ripert-Landler, Press Advisor, French Republic

Mr. Charles H Rivkin, Washington, DC

Ms. Susan Tolson

Mrs. Rachel Robinson, New York, NY

Mr. Norman Siegel

The Honorable Harold Rogers, United States Representative (Kentucky)

Mrs. Cynthia Rogers

Mr. James Roosevelt, Jr., Cambridge, MA

Mrs. Ann Roosevelt

Mrs. Laura Ross, New York, NY

Mr. James Ross

Mr. Alain Rousset, Aquitaine Region President, French Republic

The Honorable Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative (California)

Mrs. Marie Royce, Washington, DC

The Honorable Kathy Ruemmler, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President, Washington, DC

Ms. Margaret-Angèle Russell, New York, NY

Mr. Robert Kaplan

The Honorable Paul Ryan, United States Representative (Wisconsin)

Mrs. Janna Ryan

Mr. Lee Saunders, Washington, DC

Mrs. Lynne Saunders

Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Boca Raton, FL

Mr. Richard Schmidt

The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator (New York)

Ms. Iris Weinshall

Mr. Pete Selleck, Greenville, SC

Mrs. Nancy Selleck

The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Counselor to the Secretary of State

Mrs. Maria Shannon

Reverend Alfred Sharpton, New York, NY

Ms. Aisha I. McShaw

Mrs. Beth Shaw, New York, NY

Ms. Rebecca Shaw

The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Bruce Stokes

The Honorable Liz Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control

Dr. Jeffrey Randall

The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont

Ms. Sarah Schmidt

The Honorable David Simas, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

Ms. Shauna McCarty

Ms. Liz Simons, Atherton, CA

Mr. Mark Heising

Mrs. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, ME

Commander Dustin Smiley

Mr. Chuck Smith, Jr., Winnetka, IL

Mrs. Melissa Smith

Mr. Keith Smith, Ashland, VA

Mr. Burton Smith

Mr. Michael Smith, Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Natalie Massenet

Ms. Kim Snow, Thorton, PA

Mr. James Snow

Mr. Kenneth Solomon, Pacific Palisades, CA

Mrs. Melissa Solomon

Mr. Arne Sorenson, Bethesda, MD

Mrs. Ruth Sorenson

The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

Mr. Rick Sperling

Ms. Alexandra Stanton, New York, NY

Ms. Domna Stanton

Mr. Laurent Stefanini, Chief of Protocol, French Republic

Mr. Randall Stephenson, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Lenise Stephenson

Mr. David Stern, New York, NY

Mrs. Dianne Stern

The Honorable Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change

Ms. Jennifer Klein

Mrs. Jane Stetson, Norwich, VT

Mr. Bill Stetson III

Mr. Mark Taplin, Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France

Ms. Kathy Kavalec

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

Mr. Benoit Thieulin, Digital National Committee President, French Republic

Mr. Andrew Tobias, New York, NY

Ms. Marie Brenner

Ms. Cicely Tyson, New York, NY

Mr. Reginald Austin Henry

The Honorable David Wade, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State

Ms. Elizabeth Alexander

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative (Florida)

Mr. Steven Schultz

Mr. Frank White, Jr., Washington, DC

Mr. William Kirk

Ms. Edith Windsor, New York, NY

Ms. Julie Milligan

Mr. Richard Winter, Auriga USA

Mrs. Alexandra Winter

Mr. Jeff Zucker, CNN, New York, NY

Mrs. Caryn Zucker

 

 

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Kasie Coccaro
Kasie Coccaro

February 11, 2014
06:37 PM EST

 

Today, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady welcomed French President François Hollande to the White House during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House. More than 90 White House Social guests attended the event and documented the arrival through their social media channels using the hashtag #WHSocial. After the ceremony, White House Social guests headed over to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to talk to various administration officials about the arrival ceremony, state visits, and the ways the administration works to engage citizens online.

 

For your chance to attend a White House Social, make sure to follow the White House on TwitterFacebookGoogle+,Tumblr, and Instagram and keep an eye out for upcoming events.

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the France State Dinner: See the Menu

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 11, 2014
05:24 PM EST

 

President François Hollande of France raises a toast with President Barack Obama during the State Dinner on the South LawnPresident François Hollande of France raises a toast with President Barack Obama during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Update: Read President Obama and President Hollande’s remarks in an exchange of toasts at tonight’s state dinner.

 

This evening, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a state dinner in honor of President François Hollande of France. The French State Dinner menu and theme was inspired by the shared history and friendship between the United States and France.

 

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have created a menu that features delicacies from across the United States and celebrates the best of American cuisine. The menu incorporates produce grown by farmers across the country and those grown here at the White House in the White House Kitchen Garden.

 

Go behind the scenes in the White House kitchen to see how Chefs Comerford and Yosses prepared for tonight’s meal.

 

 

David Hudson
David Hudson

February 11, 2014
11:57 AM EST

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the State Arrival Ceremony for President François Hollande of France on the South Lawn of the White HousePresident Barack Obama delivers remarks during the State Arrival Ceremony for President François Hollande of France on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This morning, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady welcomed French President François Hollande to the White House – the first state visit by a French president in nearly 20 years. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza is documenting the visit via Instagram, including this morning’s arrival ceremony and activities throughout the day.

 

Follow along on Pete’s Instagram, and over at Storify. And be sure to check out how the White House kitchen prepared for the France State Dinner, which the President and First Lady will host tonight in honor of the visit.

 

 

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A Brand New Day™: Weekly Address. White House Blog Updates.


 

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Peter Welsch
Peter Welsch

February 01, 2014
06:00 AM EST

 

In his weekly address, President Obama discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

 

 

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February 01, 2014 | 2:43 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de los Medios Hispanos Katherine Vargas habló sobre los temas del Estado de la Unión del martes. El Presidente presentó un conjunto de propuestas prácticas y concretas para hacer crecer la economía, fortalecer la clase media, y para empoderar a todas las personas que desean ser parte de la clase media.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: Restoring Opportunity for All

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, the President discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online atwww.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, February 1, 2014.

 

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
February 1, 2014

 

Hi, everybody.

 

This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version.

 

After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year.

 

But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by.  And too many still aren’t working at all.

 

Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

 

The opportunity agenda I laid out on Tuesday has four parts. This week, I took them on the road.

 

Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy.

 

In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs.

 

In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.

 

And with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, and retail workers in Maryland, I laid out part four: making sure hard work pays off for men and women, with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health insurance that’s there for you when you need it.

 

These ideas will strengthen the middle class and help more people work their way into the middle class.  Some of them will require Congress.  But wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families on my own, I will.  I’m going to ask business leaders, education leaders, and philanthropic leaders to partner with us to advance these goals.

 

And every single day, I’m going to fight for these priorities – to shift the odds back in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, and to keep America a place where you can always make it if you try.

 

Thanks.  Have a great weekend.  And enjoy the Super Bowl.

 

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January 31st 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

White House Schedule – Week Of February 3rd to 6th 2014

 

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On Monday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks on education. In the evening, the President will host the House Democratic Caucus for a roundtable and reception at the White House. The Vice President will also attend.

 

On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.

 

Details about Friday’s schedule will be released as they become available.

 

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President Obama Gets Asked “How Are You?” in a Google+ Hangout

January 31, 2014 | 4:23 |Public Domain

 

During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answered questions from people joining around the country. Including Rob in Portland who asked, “How are you?” Watch what President Obama had to say.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

January 31, 2014 | 47:43 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Giving the Long-Term Unemployed a Fair Shot

January 31, 2014 | 20:58 |Public Domain

East Room.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 01/31/14 or “West Wing Week Turns 200!”

January 30, 2014 | 6:57 |Public Domain

 

This anniversary episode, hosted by the President, coincides with this year’s State of the Union Address. We’ll take you behind the scenes and on the road to speak directly with Americans like you about your lives and your families, and how together we can make sure that every American who works and studies hard has a real chance to get ahead.

 

 

Friday, January 24th

  • The President participated in pre-State of the Union preparations.

 

Tuesday, January 28th

 

Wednesday, January 29th

  • The President toured the Costco in Lanham, Marylandand spoke on the company’s leadership on employee pay.
  • Later that day, the President toured the US Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania to speak on making hard work pay off for every single American.

 

Thursday, January 30th

  • The President toured the General Electric gas engines factory and discussed the rebounding of the U.S. manufacturing sector in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Then, the President delivered a speech on educational opportunity at McGavock High School

 

 

The White House Blog

 

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Kori Schulman
Kori Schulman

January 31, 2014
07:51 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ President Barack Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the issues and policies that he laid out in the State of the Union address, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. January 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled (virtually) around the country via Google+ Hangout to answer questions about his State of the Union Address from everyday Americans. Starting on the West Coast and heading East, the President spoke to Sheila in San Francisco about immigration reform; Darnell, a fry cook at a fast-food company in Milwaukee, about raising the minimum wage; and Rob in Portland who simply asked, “how are you?

 

Watch the full video of the Hangout below, or over on YouTube. And be sure to follow the White House on Google+ for more opportunities to engage with the President and his administration.

 

 

 

New Transit Projects Connect Communities to Opportunities

 

Road Trip with President Obama

 

President Obama Extends Best Wishes for the Lunar New Year

 

President Obama Travels the Country to Promote Opportunity for All

 

Mad Men, Working Women, and Fair Pay

 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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