By Jueseppi B.
In 2013, our economy grew, and our deficit shrunk. For the first time in almost two decades, we said that we’re producing more oil at home than we buy from the rest of the world. We honored our heroes. We bounced back from national tragedies and natural disasters. We strengthened our relationships with allies around the world and took action to promote the American dream at home. Take a look at our 2013 year in review.
On January 21, at 11:55 a.m. Eastern Time, President Obama delivered his second inaugural address from the steps of the U.S. Capitol, calling on all of us to seize the moment, together.
In the first foreign trip of his second term in office, President Obama visited Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.
“To make America a magnet for good jobs, this budget invests in new manufacturing hubs to help turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. We’ll spark new American innovation and industry with cutting-edge research like the initiative I announced to map the human brain and cure disease. We’ll continue our march towards energy independence and address the threat of climate change. And our Rebuild America Partnership will attract private investment to put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads, our bridges and our schools, in turn attracting even more new business to communities across the country.” — President Obama, April 10, 2013
In a speech at National Defense University, the President discussed how the threat of terrorism has changed substantially since September 11, 2011, and explained his comprehensive strategy to meet these threats.
President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.
The President established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2011 to make sure American consumers are treated fairly in the financial market place — whether they’re applying for a credit card, taking out a loan to buy a home or pay for college, dealing with a debt collector or other activities. Two years after the President first nominated Richard Cordray to run the new agency, the Senate confirmed him as the Director of the CFPB, giving consumers more certainty that the protections provided by the agency will continue.
To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, President Obama delivered remarks from the Lincoln Memorial.
In a series of audio interviews, senior staff members from across the Obama administration offered an exclusive look in to the response to the 2008 financial crisis, how key decisions were made, and the results of President Obama’s unprecedented actions that put us on the path to recovery.
On October 1, Congress failed to pass a budget, shutting down most of the federal government. Seventeen days later, President Obama signed legislation to re-open it, thanks to the Democrats and responsible Republicans who worked together on a bill to fund the government and pay America’s bills.
The White House invited K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one- to three-minute web videos. Finalists could have their films screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (And there’s still time to enter!)
In January, President Obama laid out 23 executive actions to take essential and rapid steps to save lives while respecting our Second Amendment rights. Less than a year later, the Administration had completed or made significant progress on all of them.
Remembering Nelson Mandela
At a national memorial service in Johannesburg for former South African President Nelson Mandela, the President reflected on what Mandela meant to him personally, as well to the people of South Africa, and urged all of us to remember Madiba’s legacy and contributions to humanity.