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Posted April 04th, 2011 at 02:20pm
This morning, President Obama announced the start of his 2012 campaign in an e-mail to supporters. Take a look—and let us know if you're in too.
Posted March 15th, 2011 at 10:16pm
President Obama traveled across the Potomac River to Arlington, Virginia, yesterday to speak about how America can win the future by out-educating the rest of the world. He explained:
"The best economic policy is one that produces more college graduates. And that's why, for the sake of our children and our economy and America's future, we¹re going to have to do a better job educating every single one of our sons and daughters—all of them."
In order to do so, we have to reform No Child Left Behind. Teachers, students, parents, and communities have agreed that although the goals of No Child Left Behind—providing every child with an excellent teacher, promoting accountability, shining a light on the educational achievement gap—were right, important parts of the law simply aren't working. He said:
"But what hasn't worked is denying teachers, schools, and states what they need to meet these goals. That's why we need to fix No Child Left Behind. We need to make sure we're graduating students who are ready for college and ready for careers. We need to put outstanding teachers in every classroom and give those teachers the pay and the support that they deserve.
"We need to not only hold failing schools accountable, we need to help turn those schools around. In the 21st century, it's not enough to leave no child behind. We need to help every child get ahead. We need to get every child on a path to academic excellence."
Saying he was proud of the bipartisan commitment to fix No Child Left Behind, President Obama called on Congress to send him an education reform bill that he can sign into law before the next school year begins this fall:
"I want every child in this country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is America¹s priority. Let's seize this education moment. Let's fix No Child Left Behind."
Posted February 10th, 2011 at 04:33pm
Do you have a great idea you want to share with the President? Is there an initiative making a difference in your community that could help other folks around the country?
Now you have the chance to share these great ideas with President Obama and his staff. Starting this week, senior advisors from the White House will be asking for your thoughts and feedback on the big issues of the day.
David Plouffe kicks off the series in the video above, asking for your ideas on innovation and how the government can help deliver another great century of American innovation.
What's your idea? Submit it here.
Posted November 11th, 2010 at 04:48pm
This year, President Obama celebrated Veterans Day among troops and veterans at Yongsan Garrison in South Korea.
"On this day, we honor every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of the United States of America. We salute fallen heroes, and keep in our prayers those who are still in harm's way like the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. We recall acts of uncommon bravery and selflessness, but we also remember that honoring those who've served is about more than the words we say on Veterans' Day or Memorial Day. It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It's about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits they have earned. It's about serving all of you as well as you've served the United States of America."
And that means ensuring that all returning soldiers and veterans have the resources they need to thrive. President Obama reiterated that America's commitment to its troops doesn't end when they leave the battlefield:
"So I want all of you to know that when you come home, your country will be there be for you. That is the commitment I make as your Commander-in-Chief. That is the sacred trust between the United States of America and all who defend its ideals."
President Obama spoke also to the America Korean War veterans in the audience:
"So many of you served your nation with such courage and commitment. You left your homes and your families and you risked your lives in what has often been called 'The Forgotten War.'
Posted November 10th, 2010 at 08:13pm
President Obama has made it a priority to open the doors of the White House—to truly make it the People’s House. Now you can take a tour of the White House without logging off your computer.
The White House has created an interactive online tour with behind-the-scenes photos and videos. Cook with the New Orleans Saints in the White House kitchen. Peek into the Situation Room. See the West Wing, the Residence, the East Wing, and the South Lawn. Tour the beehive with the White House beekeeper—and so much more.
Posted November 02nd, 2010 at 11:34am
Election Day is today—and we need to get out the vote. The calls you make today could be the difference between winning and losing, and it’s incredibly easy to reach out right from home using Organizing for America’s online call tool.
It only takes a minute to get started, and it’s more important than ever to do so.
Take time today to call voters in your state.