By Jueseppi B.
04:01 PM EST
This weekend, governors from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. The meeting gives governors an opportunity to talk about issues affecting states and discuss innovative solutions.
Last night, the President and the First Lady welcomed the NGA to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The President told the governors in attendance that he looked forward to working with them, ”not just in our meetings tomorrow, but throughout this year – what I hope to be a year of action. Our partnership on behalf of the American people, on issues ranging from education to health care to climate change, runs deep, deeper than what usually hits the front page.”
During the President’s remarks, he reiterated his desire to work closely with the governors in order to make their states — and our nation as a whole — even better:
[E]ven when there is little appetite in Congress to move on some of these priorities, at the state level you guys are governed by practical considerations. You want to do right by your people and you see how good policy impacts your citizens, and you see how bad policy impacts your citizens, and that means that there’s less room for posturing and politics, and more room for getting stuff done.
We want to work with you. And I’m committed to making sure that every single member of my Cabinet, every single person in the White House, every single member of my team will be responsive to you. We won’t agree on every single issue every single time, but I guarantee you that we will work as hard as we can to make sure that you succeed — because when you succeed, the people in your states succeed and America succeeds, and that’s our goal.
The President and Vice President Speak to the National Governors Association
February 24, 2014 | 13:56 |Public Domain
President Obama says that “the time is right to partner with the states and governors all across the country” on increasing opportunity for all Americans.
President Obama Speaks to National Governors Association
February 23, 2014 | 6:25 |Public Domain
President Obama speaks to the National Governors Association.
President Obama Speaks Before a Meeting with Democratic Governors
Published on Feb 21, 2014
President Obama delivers remarks before a meeting with Democratic governors at White House to discuss several issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies, including raising the minimum wage. February 21, 2014.
February 24, 2014 | 52:24 |Public Domain
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Statements and Releases February 24, 2014
“The Trip to Bountiful” White House Screening.
First lady honors star Cicely Tyson at screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”
By STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says African-American History Month is about “honoring those who came before us” and “resolving to do our part to live up to that example.”
The first lady spoke Monday at a White House screening of Lifetime Television’s film version of the play “The Trip to Bountiful.” The movie stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, who discussed the film after the viewing.
Mrs. Obama said the month is also about honoring African-Americans who have set an example.
“Those who moved us past ignorance with their wisdom and perseverance,” she said. “Those who demanded more from the world around them, and those who reached for higher standards through their life’s work, whether that’s as a movie star like Ms. Tyson or the millions of folks out there … folks who did their work in a classroom or in a congregation or around the kitchen table. “
Tyson won a best actress Tony Award for her performance in last year’s Broadway revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.” Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, saw the show last August.
“Ms. Tyson’s story is about so much more than honors and accolades,” the first lady told the audience. “It’s really about character and determination. It’s about breaking barriers — not just for herself, but for all of us who are blessed by her legacy.”
Mrs. Obama praised Tyson for turning down multiple offers to play a prostitute and instead going on to portray “strong, resilient women” like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and the mother of Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries “Roots.”
“The Trip to Bountiful” debuts on Lifetime on March 8. The 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s play won a best actress Oscar for Geraldine Page.
The First Lady Speaks at a Screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”
Published on Feb 24, 2014
As part of African American History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a screening of “The Trip to Bountiful,” Lifetime Television’s film version of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” The film is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and highlights a courageous and moving story of liberation. February 24, 2014.
Published on Feb 24, 2014
In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active.
A White House Call To Action to Advance the BRAIN Initiative
February 24, 2014
04:45 PM EST
On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a Grand Challenge designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain.
Under this initiative, Federal agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supporting the development and application of innovative, new technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function and its relationship to behavior. These scientific and technological advances could also lead to improvements in our ability to diagnose, treat, and even prevent diseases of the brain. Recently, DARPA, NIH, and NSF have made announcements of significant new solicitations or awards related to the BRAIN Initiative. Other Federal activities are being coordinated with the BRAIN Initiative through the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience.
February 24th, 2014: Photo of the Day