West Wing Week

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

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond.

This week, the President introduced an historic Executive Action in support of LGBT rights, continued to address the ongoing conflicts in the Ukraine and Gaza, hosted a Town Hall meeting in support of his My Brothers Keeper Initiative, signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law, and traveled to California to deliver his response to some very striking letters he’d received…in person.

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West Wing Week 6/27/14 or, “POTUS Replies”

I haven’t posted one of these in quite a while…so enjoy…

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week takes us south of the border with the Vice President, to our nation’s capital for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, and along for the ride as a woman who wrote the President gets a reply… in person.

Friday, June 20th

  • President Obama started the week by opening the Oval Office doors to Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand.  The two leaders reaffirmed the longstanding friendship and common values shared between both nations.
  • The President sat down with journalists from major network morning shows to discuss the situation in Iraq, as well as equal pay and other issues facing working American families.

Monday, June 23rd

Tuesday, June 24th

  • The President honored the 2013 President’s Cup Golf Team at the White House.

Wednesday, June 25th

Thursday, June 26th

  • The President went to Minneapolis to visit Rebekah Erler, a young mom who wrote a letter to President Obama about the challenges middle-class families are facing in America.
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West Wing Week 03/14/14 or “What’s Up, Captain America?”

The White House

This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the inauguration of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, while President Obama worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about the March 31 deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument.


Friday, March 7th

·       The President and First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida to speak about the importance of signing up for Federal financial aid.

Monday, March 10th

·       The President participated in a conference call with healthcare enrollment leaders.

·       The President congratulated the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Champions at the White House.

Tuesday, March 11th

·      Funny or Die released an interview with President Obama on the web series Between Two Ferns.

·      The President added the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to existing National Monument land in California

·      Later that day, the President visited a Gap Store in New York City to highlight Gap’s choice to raise the minimum wage for their               employees.

Wednesday, March 12th

·     The President met with a group of advocates who are getting the word out about the Affordable Care Act.

·      Later that day, the President held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine.

·      Then, the President hosted a meeting with women members of Congressto discuss the 2014 women’s economic agenda.

Thursday, March 13th

·       The President spoke on the urgent need to get hardworking Americans the overtime pay they deserve.

·       Later, the President took a photo with the 52nd Annual U.S. Sentae Youth program.


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West Wing Week 01/24/14 or, “199!”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President announced important reforms to the National Security Agency and new measures to prevent sexual assault, honored Martin Luther King with a service project at DC Central Kitchen, signed the 2014 appropriations bill into law to fund the government, and hosted a conference of mayors. That’s January 17th to January 23rd or, “199!”

Friday, January 17th

  • This week, the President delivered a speech discussing U.S. intelligence programs at the Department of Justice.
  • Then, the President thanked government staff for their service.
  • Following that, President Obama was interviewed by the German broadcasting station ZDF.

 Monday, January 20th

  • The First Family spent their Monday honoring Martin Luther King Jr through service by helping to prepare food at the DC Central kitchen.

Wednesday, January 22nd

  • The President issued a Presidential Memorandum to establish the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
  • Later that day, the Vice President held a meeting with the speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

Thursday, January 23rd

  • The President hosted mayors from across the country who were in Washington for the 82nd Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  • The First Lady promoted her Lets Move! initiative through an announcement of 3 year commitment with Subway and the Partnership for a Healthy America.
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West Wing Week 01/03/14: Best of the West (Wing Week) 2013

The White House

As we move into 2014 we’d like to take a quick look back with you at some of our favorite moments, large and small from the 2013 White House video library. There was quite a bit to choose from, but we were able to narrow it down to 10. Take a look in this years edition of “Best of the West (Wing Week).”

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West Wing Week: 12/20/13 or “26 Candles”

The White House

This week, the White House honored those lost at Sandy Hook on the one year anniversary. The President met with newly elected mayors and executives from America’s leading technology companies, discussed the benefits of health care reform with a group of moms, and celebrated the holidays with Christmas in Washington.



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West Wing Week 3-15-2013: “We Don’t Have a Moment to Waste”

The White House

International Courage Awards: Last Friday, the First Lady joined Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department for the International Women of Courage Awards—where nine different women were honored. The event was a celebration of the strength and sacrifice of individuals who have worked tirelessly for the advancement of women’s rights for all.

Trade Export Council: On Tuesday, President Obama touched base with business and government leaders at a meeting of the President’s Export Council.

“The good news is we are well on our way to meeting a very ambitious goal that we set several years ago to double U.S. exports,” said the President. “And what we know is, is that a lot of the growth, a lot of the new jobs that we’ve seen during the course of this recovery, have been export-driven.”

To maintain and ignite growth, President Obama discussed finishing new trade deals with Europe and the Asia-Pacific. The Administration signed legislation in 2011 supporting free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama which has kept America competitive in foreign trade, while creating jobs for Americans.

Sultan of Brunei: On Tuesday, President Obama welcomed His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei to the Oval Office for a bilateral meeting to share their desire for “a strong, peaceful, prosperous Asia-Pacific region.”

Brunei, a small country in the South China Sea, will be holding the ASEAN East Asia Summit meeting in October. The visit is a symbol of the President’s goal of working towards a peaceful and prosperous presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

#AskFLOTUS : On Monday, in celebration of Let’s Move’s third anniversary the First Ladyparticipated in a question and answer session through Twitter. The First Lady tweeted responses to questions such as how much exercise our kids need a day and her favorite healthy winter recipe. For the record, a minimum of 60 minutes a day is required and the First Lady’s favorite winter dish is turkey and veggie chili. Head over to Pinterest for MyPlate Recipes which haves hundreds of tasty recipes for a healthy diet.

Check out the Q & A on Storify and follow @FLOTUS and @LetsMove for the latest updates.

“Being Biden”: On Thursday, Vice President Biden introduced a new audio series called “Being Biden” to give Americans an opportunity to connect with the White House through the lens of Vice President Biden. In the series, the Vice President will discuss special photos and share why the moments matter to him. Check out the first installment atwhitehouse.gov/beingbiden.

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Ask Him Anything: On Wednesday, Gene Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy, fielded questions on the President’s plan to reduce the deficit. Through Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” forum, Sperling answered economic policy questions from users, and even joked about the West Wing, a TV series on which he once worked.

You can read through the Q & A on Reddit here.

Hire Vets: On Wednesday, the First Lady addressed the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, and challenged them to hire our veterans and military spouses. Through Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden have made it a priority to support them:

“We’ve got to hold ourselves to the same standards of service and patriotism as they’ve held themselves,” said the First Lady. “And we’ve got to join forces so that we can truly serve our veterans and military families as well as they have served us.”


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West Wing Week: 03/08/13 or “Jedi Mind-Meld”

The White House

This week, the President urged Congress to resolve harmful budget cuts and reduce the deficit in a way that helps grow the economy and strengthen the middle class, held his first Cabinet meeting of the second term, announced three key Cabinet nominations, and signed the Violence Against Women Act.

Friday, March 1st

  • The President answered questions from White House reporters about his plans to move the country forward in light of the harmful automatic budget cuts — known as the sequester — that threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cut vital services, that are taking place because Republicans in Congress refuse to close loopholes that only benefit the wealthy and the well-connected.

Monday, March 4th

  • The President announced his nominees to lead the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of Management and Budget.
  • The President convened the 17th meeting with his Cabinet– the first of his second term, to discuss how each agency would address the sequester and its impact on American families.

Tuesday, March 5th

  • The President spent some time with the staff of the Office of Management and Budget, reflecting on the importance of the work they’re doing in light of the sequester.

Thursday, March 7th

  • The President and Vice President traveled to the Department of the Interior for the signing of the Violence Against Women Act, which continues to strengthen the criminal justice system’s response to crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.


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West Wing Week: 01/11/13 or “The Interests of Our Country”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President nominated a bipartisan slate of leaders to key administration jobs and the Vice President met with a wide array of organizations to talk about efforts to reduce gun violence.

Friday, January 4th:

Monday, January 7th: 

Wednesday, January 9th:

Thursday, January 10th:

  • The President called Alabama’s Head Football Coach Nick Saban to congratulate his team on their victory in the BCS National Championship Game.  The Crimson Tide has now won the title 3 times in the last 4 years.
  • That afternoon, the President held an event in the East Room of the White House to announce his intention to nominate Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the new Treasury Secretary.
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West Wing Week: 12/07/12 or “I Have To Pinch Myself”

The White House

Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov:

#My2k: On Monday, President Obama connected directly with Americans on Twitter, where he answered questions about extending middle class tax cuts, using the hashtag #My2k.  During the conversation, the hashtag #My2k was used more than 31,000 times and trended nationally on Twitter throughout the chat.

On Thursday, President Obama continued the conversation by visiting Tiffany Santana and her family—one of the thousands of people who wrote in to the White House to share what it would mean to her family if their income taxes went up next year. Tiffany’s family is just one of 114 million American families who would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to extend the middle class tax cuts.

Kennedy Center Honorees: Over the weekend, President and Mrs. Obama welcomed the 2012 Kennedy Center honorees to the White House. From the East Room of the White House, they celebrated the individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts. This year’s honorees include David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, Natalia Makarova, Buddy Guy, and the surviving members of Led Zeppelin.

Prime Minister Borissov of Bulgaria: Earlier this week, President Obama met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. The President thanked Prime Minister Borissov for Bulgaria’s strong partnership in NATO, as well as the country’s support in Afghanistan and its cooperation on criminal investigations, law enforcement, and counterterrorism.

Business Roundtable: On Wednesday, President Obama spoke to members of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of American businesses, and reiterated his plan to extend tax cuts for middle class families. Read the President’s full remarks here.

White House Tribal Nations Conference: On Thursday, President Obama hosted the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference to provide leaders from America’s federally-recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with members of the Obama administration, including the President. Administration officials discussed programs and initiatives that affect Native American communities. The President took the opportunity to commemorate Sonny Black Eagle—the Crow National tribal leader who adopted the President in 2008. Watch the President’s remarks here.

White House Holidays:  On Thursday evening, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, helped light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse of the White House south lawn. Watch the First Family kick-off the holiday season in Washington here. The White House also released the 2012 White House holiday card, a glimpse of the White House holiday china, and a tribute to past First Ladies to honor their holiday legacies.