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.
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
Weekly Wrap Up: Astronauts, “Inversions,” and the VP and a White Board
July 25, 2014
07:02 PM EDT
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”
July 25, 2014
06:53 PM EDT
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating 24 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 25, 2014
03:25 PM EDT
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.
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.
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
“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”