The White House Blog: The Weekly Wrap Up & The Weekly Address.

The Militant Negro

The Militant Negro



The Weekly Address: Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes




Published on Jul 26, 2014

In this week’s address, the President continued his call for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody.




Mensaje De La Casa Blanca


Published on Jul 26, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Nacional de la Casa Blanca Cecilia Muñoz destacó el progreso de nuestra economía, pero tambíen habló sobre como un grupo pequeño pero creciente de grandes corporaciones están fugándose del país para evitar pagar impuestos, a pesar de que las ganancias corporativas son más elevadas que nunca. Así como lo refleja el presupuesto del Presidente, la mejor manera de que todos estemos en igualdad de condicioneses a través de una reforma tributaria que reduzca la tasa impositiva corporativa, cierre las lagunas tributarias que representan un derroche y simplifique el código fiscal para todos.






7/25/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on Jul 25, 2014

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




July 25th, 2014: Photo of the Day


President Barack Obama talks with Afghanistan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani during a phone call in the Oval Office, July 25, 2014. The President also spoke by phone with the other presidential candidate in the election, Abullah Abullah. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Afghanistan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani during a phone call in the Oval Office, July 25, 2014. The President also spoke by phone with the other presidential candidate in the election, Abullah Abullah. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




Weekly Wrap Up: Astronauts, “Inversions,” and the VP and a White Board


This week, some astronauts stopped by the White House (hint: think 1969), we talked about “inversions” (more on that later), the President awarded the Medal of Honor, and the Vice President got a marker and white board and gave us a little bit of history on our nation’s infrastructure.


Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.


West Wing Week 07/25/14 or, “The Irrefutable Rightness of Your Cause”


This week, the President introduced a historic Executive Action for LGBT rights, continued to address the ongoing conflicts in the Ukraine and Gaza, hosted a town hall in support of his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and traveled to California to deliver his response to some very striking letters he’d received … in person.






“You Are Why I Ran for President in the First Place”


Yesterday, President Obama spoke under sunny skies at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He talked about the progress that we’ve made since he took office and training our workers for a 21st-century economy.



The President called for a new sense of optimism and collective patriotism in this country: “Cynicism is a choice, and hope is a better choice. And if we can work together, I promise you there’s no holding America back.”


He also talked about something known as “inversions.” What’s an “inversion,” you ask? Learn more here.





Apollo 11: 45 Years Later


Forty-five years ago, two American astronauts — Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong — landed on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility, and Neil Armstrong planted the first footprint on the surface of the moon.

On Tuesday, President Obama invited Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, the astronaut who piltoted the spacecraft that orbited the moon, and Neil Armstrong’s wife, Carol, to the White House. Armstrong passed away in 2012.



President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, right, Carol Armstrong, widow of Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Patricia Falcone, OSTP Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, left, in the Oval Office. This week marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. July 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


To honor the anniversary, we spent a little time poring over archival footage of the Apollo 11 mission — and included some of the incredible work that NASA is doing today. We won’t spoil it all for you here, but it includes redirecting asteroids around the moon and going to Mars. So, that’s pretty cool.




The Vice President Takes the Marker


The Vice President talked about an issue that’s very near and dear to him: the state of our infrastructure in this country. And to do that, he picked up a marker, and took to our “White House white board” to explain the crisis that our nation’s roads and bridges face today.



65% of our roads are in less than good condition. 25% of our bridges require significant require or can’t handle today’s traffic. And 45% of Americans lack access to transit. Watch the Vice President explain the history of our country’s infrastructure, and then be sure to pass this one on.




“For Conspicuous Gallantry”


On Monday, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts for his unwavering courage in one of the fiercest battles of the war in Afghanistan.



The President described Ryan’s heroic acts during his remarks:


As the insurgents moved in, Ryan picked up a grenade, pulled the pin, and held that live grenade—for a moment, then another, then another—finally hurling it so they couldn’t throw it back. Then he did it again. And again. Unable to stand, Ryan pulled himself up on his knees and manned a machine gun. Soldiers from the base below made a daring run—dodging bullets and explosions—and joined the defense. But now the enemy was inside the post—so close they were throwing rocks at the Americans; so close they came right up to the sandbags. Eight American soldiers had now fallen. And Ryan Pitts was the only living soldier at that post.




“We’re All Heartbroken by What’s Happened”


On Tuesday morning, the President visited the Embassy of the Netherlands and signed a condolence book for those killed in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.


President Barack Obama visits the Embassy of the NetherlandsPresident Barack Obama visits the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., July 22, 2014, to sign a condolence book honoring those who were lost in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. Standing with President Obama is Peter Mollema, the deputy chief of mission for the Netherlands Embassy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


In the condolence book, the President wrote:


On behalf of the American people, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of the Netherlands as they mourn the loss of so many family and friends. No words can adequately express the sorrow the world feels over this loss. It is made more acute by the deep ties of friendship between our two countries. Bound by that friendship, we will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.







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Celebrating 24 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Tomorrow marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — a landmark law that transformed American society for people with disabilities. It provided for full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those of us living with disabilities, and also provided Americans with disabilities with legal remedies to safeguard all of those rights.



Read the President’s proclamation in support of the anniversary here.


This morning, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President; Paulette Aniskoff, Director of the Office of Public Engagement; and I hosted a meeting with a small group of disability leaders to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the ADA. In the meeting, we discussed the critical efforts that federal agencies are leading to protect the rights of, and participation by, people with disabilities in our communities.


We also discussed ways in which we can all work together to ensure that all Americans with disabilities, including our veterans and wounded warriors, have the opportunity to be full and active members of our society, participants in our democracy, and self-sufficient contributors to our economy.


It’s also fitting that President Obama signed the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law during this anniversary week. WIOA, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act, breaks down barriers and streamlines services with the goal of moving more individuals with disabilities into competitive, integrated employment.


WIOA expands career development and pre-employment services, and also modernizes and improves workforce development programs to help all individuals — including youth and adults with disabilities – attain the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy.


President Barack Obama signs H.R. 803President Barack Obama signs H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act after delivering remarks on job training, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


As the President said at the bill signing:


So the bill I’m about to sign will give communities more certainty to invest in job-training programs for the long run.  It will help us bring those programs into the 21st century by building on what we know works based on evidence, based on tracking what actually delivers on behalf of folks who enroll in these programs -– more partnerships with employers, more tools to measure performance, more flexibilities for states and cities to innovate and to run their workforce programs in ways that are best suited for their particular demographic and their particular industries.  And as we approach the 24th anniversary of the ADA, this bill takes new steps to support Americans with disabilities who want to live and work independently.  So there’s a lot of good stuff in here.


For more on WIOA and how it helps people with disabilities and our nation’s workforce, check out this fact sheet from the Department of Labor.


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Connecting African Leaders to U.S. Industry Beyond the Beltway





Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts Receives the Medal of Honor




The President Offers Condolences at the Dutch Embassy




The President Signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act




Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama




My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall




The President Gives an Update on Ukraine and Gaza




The President Signs an Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination






Riders On The Storm – Snoop Dogg ft. The Doors



Riders On The Storm

“Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm”




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Watch President Obama explain why we need to cut carbon pollution from power plants


Reducing Carbon Pollution in Our Power Plants


Published on May 31, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed new actions by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut dangerous carbon pollution, a plan that builds on the efforts already taken by many states, cities and companies.



On June 2, the EPA released a proposal that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution standards limits for America’s existing power plants. Find out how the rules will make our communities healthier, and learn more about the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution in America.





On May 6, the Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information to date about climate-change impacts across all U.S. regions and on critical sectors of the economy.



Our Climate Action Progress: One-Year Report



President Barack Obama delivers remarks on climate change, at Georgetown University President Barack Obama delivers remarks on climate change, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The effects of climate change are already being felt across the nation. In the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital. The impacts of extreme weather events – from more severe droughts and wildfires in the West, to more powerful hurricanes and record heat waves – are hitting communities across the country. These changes come with far-reaching consequences and real economic costs.


At the same time, clean energy represents a significant economic opportunity, and we know we can meet this challenge in a way that advances our economy, our environment, and public health at the same time.


That is why, on this day last year, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan – a comprehensive plan to cut carbon pollution, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.


One year later, the Administration has made real progress in advancing the goals in the President’s Climate Action Plan. The policies President Obama has put forward in just one year – when implemented – are expected to cut nearly 3 billion tons of carbon pollution between 2020 and 2025. That’s an amount equivalent to taking more than 600 million cars off the road for a year.


Readout of Meetings Between Senior Administration Officials and Business Leaders on Climate Change


PROGRESS REPORT: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan


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The White House Hosts the First-Ever Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights



Yesterday, the White House hosted the first-ever Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, bringing together participants from around the world, and across sectors — including faith and business leaders, health advocates, representatives of civil society and philanthropic organizations, and members of the diplomatic corps. During panel discussions and in breakout sessions, these committed leaders discussed how to advance a common goal: promoting and protecting the human rights and dignity of LGBT people wherever they are threatened around the globe.


In welcoming participants, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, highlighted the work all of these groups are doing to advance equality for LGBT people in America, and called on them to continue that work internationally in partnership with the U.S. government.


And in a keynote address, Ambassador Susan Rice, the President’s National Security Advisor, spoke of the Obama administration’s deep commitment to promoting respect for the human rights of LGBT people at home and abroad.





FACT SHEET: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally



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Safe and Responsible Oil and Gas Production as Part of President Obama’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy



President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is working – enhancing our energy security, cutting carbon pollution, and spurring economic growth.


Since the President took office, U.S. production of electricity from wind has more than tripled, production of electricity from solar is up more than ten-fold, and production of oil and gas has grown each year. Today, the U.S. is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas.


Let’s drill down on the facts:


  • According to Energy Information Agency (EIA) estimates, U.S. crude oil production averaged more than 7.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2013, up from 5.0 million bpd in 2008. And that was just last year: EIA expects production to increase to more than 8.4 million bpd in 2014; U.S. crude oil production averaged nearly 8.2 million bpd in March already.


  • Domestic natural gas production is on pace to set a new record high in 2014. EIA estimates marketed production averaged more than 72 billion cubic feet per day in March, up more than 5 percent from March of last year and up nearly 25 percent from 2008.


  • The number of oil and gas drilling rigs has grown over the last four years. As of April 2014, there were 1,835 operating oil and gas rigs, up over 18 percent from 1,553 when President Obama took office in January 2009.


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Remarks by the President Honoring Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports Team Members for 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship


President Obama Welcomes NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson

June 25, 2014 | 5:48 | Public Domain


President Obama honors Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports team members for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.




President Obama Speaks to the League of Conservation Voters

June 25, 2014 | 22:13 | Public Domain


President Obama delivers remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner.




Press Briefing

June 25, 2014 | 53:49 | Public Domain


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




Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap



Research shows that during the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Critically, what she hears has direct consequences for what she learns. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies that are half the size of their peers by age 3, putting them at a disadvantage before they even step foot in a classroom.


This is what we call the “word gap,” and it can lead to disparities not just in vocabulary size, but also in school readiness, long-term educational and health outcomes, earnings, and family stability even decades later.


It’s important to note that talking to one’s baby doesn’t just promote language development. It promotes brain developmentmore broadly. Every time a parent or caregiver has a positive, engaging verbal interaction with a baby – whether it’s talking, singing, or reading – neural connections of all kinds are strengthened within the baby’s rapidly growing brain.


That’s why today we are releasing a new video message from President Obama focused on the importance of supporting learning in our youngest children to help bridge the word gap and improve their chances for later success in school and in life. The President’s message builds on the key components of his Early Learning Initiative, which proposes a comprehensive plan to provide high-quality early education to children from birth to school entry.


Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap


Uploaded on Jun 25, 2014

President Obama speaks on the importance of supporting learning in our youngest children to help bridge the word gap and improve their chances for later success in school and in life.




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We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!


Streamed live on Jun 25, 2014

To celebrate the end of National Oceans Month and one year of progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Weather Channel will host “We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!” this Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET.



Pioneers of ocean exploration and experts on weather and climate science — including one who will participate from the ocean floor — will join forces on this Google+ Hangout to discuss the importance of oceans to our way of life, the potential unlocked secrets held in the depths of our oceans, and how oceans both contribute to and are impacted by climate change and weather patterns.





Administration Officials Reflect on Their Working Families



This past Monday, Administration officials, businesses, economists, legislators, advocates, and working citizens came together for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families. The Summit focused on igniting a national conversation and setting a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.


These issues are real for everyone. Over the course of the past few months, senior Administration officials — from the Secretary of Transportation to the First Lady’s Chief of Staff — have been sharing how they’re real for them.


“Many businesses already see the competitive advantage of organizing work to ensure that women and workers with families succeed.”


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


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Men’s Health Month and My Brother’s Keeper Stakeholder Meeting


Published on Jun 25, 2014

To commemorate Men’s Health Month, the White House holds a meeting with My Brother’s Keeper stakeholders, June 25, 2014.

















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500 Of Africa’s Most Promising Young Leaders Arrive For The First Washington Fellowship.











President Obama Launching the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders


President Barack Obama answers questions at a Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama answers questions at a Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama’s signature engagement program in Africa has been the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a new effort focused on building partnerships with the next generation of leaders on the African continent. The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a cornerstone of YALI, and it began this past weekend with the arrival here in the United States of 500 of Africa’s top business, government, and civil society leaders between the ages of 18 and 35.


President Obama Launching the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders



The Fellowship is unprecedented in two important respects. First, the size. Never before has the United States conducted an exchange program of this scale with Africa. Secondly, the scope of the program. It’s not just the six weeks the Fellows spend on the campuses of some of America’s best schools or the time they will have with American leaders, including a town hall meeting with President Obama later this summer.


The Fellows will return to Africa with access to significant mentoring, networking, and resource opportunities, including seed funding for their projects. Some will even spend additional time in the U.S. and in Africa at internships offered by top government and private sector organizations.


The Fellowship represents a significant expansion of YALI. The initiative began in 2010, when 115 young African leaders met with President Obama at the White House to discuss leadership and the ways in which youth can transform Africa’s future. Since then, the President and other senior Administration officials have convened thousands of young Africans to develop innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities faced by their generation.


When the President returned to Africa last year, he announced the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and committed to a comprehensive program of engagement that has now begun with the arrival of these promising young leaders.


Interest in the program in Africa has been overwhelming. Nearly 50,000 young African leaders applied for the Washington Fellowship. For the 500 who started executive leadership training this week at one of twenty universities across the United States, the Fellowship holds the promise of being transformative. From these young leaders may well come the next Nelson Mandela or Steve Jobs.


This is why the Washington Fellowship is so important to our future and theirs. Tapping into the inspiration and ideas of the continent’s youth can enable a new generation of African leaders to inspire, innovate, and inject new ideas and opportunities into their communities, companies, and countries. And their success won’t simply be good for Africa – it will be good for America, which will be able to count on years of partnership with these extraordinary young people.


Obama Annouces Fellowship For Young African Leaders




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Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall




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President Obama Promotes Local Jobs and Tourism While Protecting National Treasures


By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama signs a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico, at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama signs a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico, at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama Promotes Local Jobs and Tourism While Protecting National Treasures



Sally Jewell is Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mike Boots is Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.


Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of the Interior blog. See the original post here.


Today, we joined the community of Las Cruces, New Mexico to celebrate the President’s designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, a breathtaking set of mountain ranges and lowlands in southern New Mexico.


This marks the 11th time the President has used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act to create national monuments, adding visibility and permanent protection to nearly 800,000 acres. Add that to the Wilderness areas and wildlife refuges he has protected during his Administration, and that’s more than 3 million acres of public lands preserved for future generations. And when the President signed the proclamation on Wednesday, he promised to do even more to protect our national landscapes and boost local tourism economies.


The public lands he has protected have great historic and cultural value for all Americans. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area, for example, is home to rock art images, dwellings, and other artifacts that tell the story of the Native peoples who first flourished there. Billy the Kid’s signature – inscribed on “Outlaw Rock” in the Robledo Mountains – is visible to this day, and the remains of the bombing targets used during World War II are still visible on the landscape. Volcanic features and numerous fossil sites make the area ripe for geological and paleontological discovery. The region also supports the diverse plant and wildlife – some rare or unique – that inhabit it. And of course there’s the natural beauty, which we got to see for ourselves today as we hiked through the Dripping Springs Natural Area.


These are just some of the reasons that Tribal leaders, local governments, faith leaders, veterans, sportsmen, and community members came together to protect this land. And because of the President’s action this week, archaeologists, scientists, and historians will continue to study it for the benefit of all Americans, and our children’s children will be able to enjoy it.


In addition to its cultural, scientific, and historic value, the nation’s newest national monument is likely to create jobs and help the local economy thrive. Outdoor recreation and public lands can be powerful economic drivers, bringing in new visitors and tourism money each day. In fact, over 900 million recreational visits to public lands in 2012 generated more than $50 billion for local communities. That kind of activity supported nearly 900,000 jobs in communities that need them. In the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region alone, recent independent studies show that today’s designation could double the number of visitors to the area and generate $7.4 million in new economic activity each year. By taking this step, the President is investing in American jobs and American businesses.


When he gave his State of the Union address this year, the President pledged to use his “authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.” We were proud to stand behind him this week as he followed through on that pledge and said he wasn’t finished. He’s going to continue doing everything in his power to protect our national landscapes for generations to come – a commitment that is sure to promote jobs and economic growth along the way.



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The White House Blog: Making Full Use of America’s Talent. Announcing the White House Science Fair and Celebrating Girls Excelling in STEM.


By Jueseppi B.





This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.


You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at



I told a friend recently that I thought that I was failing at everything — my kids weren’t getting enough of me, I wasn’t doing everything that I wanted to at work, and I wasn’t spending enough time with my partner. Her response was to congratulate me for getting my work-life balance just right.


As an economist, I’ve spent my career thinking about trade-offs and how to make good decisions given all of the constraints — like money, time, and opportunities — that we face. And I know it is hard. When kids are young, their demands on parents’ time is enormous, and the same thing is true when partners or parents or children are sick. We all have periods in our life where our home needs are greater than at other times.


Most people I know address these challenges by eliminating everything outside of work and family. Getting together with childless friends becomes a luxury, exercise becomes impossible –unless you count lifting a heavy load of laundry with one arm, while holding an infant with the other, “exercise” — and a good night’s sleep becomes a distant memory. A friend recently complained to me that the grocery store she placed online orders with was no longer taking orders between 2 and 5 a.m. “But that’s my only window for grocery shopping,” she wailed.


And yet, my friends and I are among the lucky ones. I’ve spent most of my career as an academic. I work hard on research, teaching, and writing, but I set my own hours and I control my own pace of work. When I had each of my children, I had months during which I was able to work from home, doing only as much as I could handle. My partner, a fellow academic, had the same luxury.


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President Barack Obama gets down on his hands and knees as he looks at the inner workings of a robot that plays soccer, built by a team from Blue Bell, Pa., as he tours science projects on display in the State Dining Room of the White House. President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair for winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. October 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gets down on his hands and knees as he looks at the inner workings of a robot that plays soccer, built by a team from Blue Bell, Pa., as he tours science projects on display in the State Dining Room of the White House. President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair for winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. October 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Next week – on Tuesday, May 27 – the White House is going to be filled with robots, science projects, and more. Students from around the country are headed to the 2014 White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama, and we couldn’t be more excited. With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year’s Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.


Stay tuned, because this week, we’ll be previewing some of the amazing girls who will be presenting their projects at the White House Science Fair. Since day one, the President has been committed to getting more underrepresented groups, including women and girls, excited to excel at STEM subjects. For example, in the Administration’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition, President Obama granted states competitive preference if they demonstrated efforts to close the STEM gap for girls and other groups that are underrepresented.


Robots, marshmallow cannons & more! This year's #WHScienceFair will feature girls in #STEM

Robots, marshmallow cannons & more!
This year’s #WHScienceFair will feature girls in #STEM


The President began the tradition of hosting White House Science Fairs in 2009 when he launched his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire more girls and boys to excel in STEM subjects. As the President has noted, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”


In the run up to the Science Fair, we also want you to share your stories, and we want to highlight YOUR First Science Fair project. So for this Thursday’s Throw Back Thursday, tweet us a photo of your science fair projects and other STEM work from when you were a kid using #TBTsciencefair! Follow us here@WhiteHouse and @whitehouseostp as we plan to join in the fun as well.


To get us in the Science Fair frenzy, we’ve been reviewing the amazing videos, vines, and gifs from past years. You should too.



Raw Video: Marshmallow Launch at the White House Science Fair


The President meets an 8th grader named Joey from Phoenix, AZ at the White House Science Fair and the two launch a marshmallow across the State Dining Room of the White House with Joey’s science project – an air cannon.




GreenGov Workshop on Renewable Energy Purchasing and Deployment


The White House hosts a workshop about the purchase and deployment of renewable energy, May 14, 2014.







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