Yesterday, the President welcomed advocates, administrators, teachers, parents, and students to the White House to mark a milestone for school choice. This week, Congress is poised to pass legislation that President Trump will sign into law, a spending bill that will give new life and funding to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program – the only federally funded voucher program in the nation and a case study in school-choice success. Since its creation in 2004, the Opportunity Scholarship Program has given parents and families hope by giving them a pathway to take their children out of failing public schools and put them in a private school instead. Over the past 13 years, nearly 20,000 students have applied to the program, and more than 7,500 students have been accepted. And more than 1,150 children are participating in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program at this very moment – including many of the students who joined us today. It’s no surprise why this program is so wildly popular. While only 69% of D.C. public-school students graduated from high school last year, a stunning 98% of scholarship recipients walked across the stage to receive their diploma. And 86% of those graduates were accepted into college to continue their education and to continue climbing the ladder of opportunity. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program proves that school choice works. President Trump could not be more proud to extend this crucial program. But his commitment to school choice doesn’t end there. On January 26th, only a few days after we took office, President Trump declared National School Choice Week for 2017. He called on federal and state lawmakers to expand school choice for “millions of additional students.” And now he’s fighting every day to make this vision a reality. President Trump believes that a child’s future shouldn’t be determined by his or her parents’ income or area code. And the next generation shouldn’t be trapped in a broken system that puts the status quo ahead of students’ success. Rest assured, President Trump will work tirelessly to ensure that wherever an American child goes to school – whether it’s a public school, a private school, a parochial school, a charter school, or at home – that they go to a great school and get a world-class education. Yesterday, we celebrated a historic achievement – but I know that it’s only the first of many. Under President Donald Trump, we are entering a new era of opportunity, choice, and excellence in America’s educational system – and our nation’s children will reap the rewards for generations to come.
Over the past eight years, the President, the First Lady, and the Obama White House have used social media and technology to engage with people around the country and the world on the most important issues of our time. From the very beginning, our mission has been to reach people on the channels and platforms where they already spend their time. This work began before President Obama took office in 2009, and, now, this work will continue. As this Administration draws to a close, we wanted to share how you can continue to follow and engage with President Obama, the First Lady, and other Obama White House officials, as well as how you can find content posted over the past eight years after January 20, 2017. Moving forward, the President and First Lady can be followed on familiar handles: @BarackObama and @MichelleObama . In October, we laid out plans to preserve and pass on the digital legacy of the Obama administration and have been working to ensure this unprecedented digital transition meets three key goals. First, we are preserving the material we’ve created with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Second, we are working to ensure these materials continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing for continued access to the content posted over the past eight years. Finally, we are working to ensure that the next White House and future administrations can continue to use and develop the digital channels we have created to connect directly with the people they serve. We are grateful to the people around the country and the world who have engaged with us online over the past eight years. We listened to you, we learned from you, and we strove to create opportunities for you to play an active role in your government by fulfilling the most important role in our government: the role of citizen. Digital assets that will remain with the White House We are working to ensure that the next White House and future administrations can continue to use and develop the digital channels we have created to connect directly with the people they serve. The following assets will remain with the institution: Twitter (handle and followers, with no tweets on the timeline): @WhiteHouse , @POTUS , @VP , @FLOTUS , @PressSec , @LaCasaBlanca , @WHLive , @VPLive , @Cabinet Facebook (username and followers, with no posts on the timeline): Facebook.com/WhiteHouse , Facebook.com/whitehouse.espanol Instagram (handle and follower, with no posts on the timeline): Instagram.com/WhiteHouse Snapchat (username and followers): WhiteHouse YouTube (username and subscribers, with no videos): YouTube.com/WhiteHouse Medium (username and followers, with no posts): Medium.com/@WhiteHouse Tumblr (username and followers, with no posts): Tumblr.com/WhiteHouse Flickr (username and subscribers, with no photos): Flickr.com/WhiteHouse Where you can access archival Obama White House content After January 20, 2017, materials will continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing the public continued access to the content posted over the past eight years. WhiteHouse.gov becomes ObamaWhiteHouse.gov The Obama White House website – which includes press articles, blog posts, videos, and photos – will be available at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov , a site maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), beginning on January 20, 2017. If you are looking for a post or page on the Obama administration’s WhiteHouse.gov from 2009 through 2017, you can find it by changing the URL to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. For example, after the transition, this blog post will be available at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov/obama-administration-digital-transition-moving-forward. President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Biden Archived content posted to these social media accounts during the Obama administration will be maintained by NARA at the following handles: President Obama: @POTUS on Twitter will be archived at @POTUS44 Facebook.com/POTUS will be archived at Facebook.com/POTUS44 Medium.com/@PresidentObama will be archived at Medium.com/@POTUS44 Vice President Biden: @VP on Twitter will be archived at @VP44 Facebook.com/VicePresidentBiden will be archived at Facebook.com/VicePresidentBiden44 Instagram.com/VP will be archived at Instagram.com/VP44 Medium.com/@VPOTUS44 will be archived at Medium.com/@VPOTUS44 First Lady Michelle Obama: @FLOTUS on Twitter will be archived at @FLOTUS44 @MichelleObama on Instagram will be archived at @ M ichelleObama44 Medium.com/@FLOTUS will be archived at @FLOTUS44 Dr. Jill Biden: @DrBiden on Twitter will be archived at @DrBiden44 @DrBiden on Instagram will be archived at @DrBiden44 Medium.com/@DrBiden will be archived at Medium.com/@DrBiden44 White House Social Media Archived content posted to institutional White House social media accounts during the Obama administration will be maintained by NARA at the following handles: @WhiteHouse on Twitter will be archived at @ObamaWhiteHouse Facebook.com/WhiteHouse will be archived at Facebook.com/ObamaWhiteHouse Instagram.com/WhiteHouse will be archived at Instagram.com/ObamaWhiteHouse @LaCasaBlanca on Twitter will be archived at @LaCasaBlancaObama Facebook.com/whitehouse.espanol will be archived at Facebook.com/LaCasaBlancaObama Medium.com/WhiteHouse will be archived at Medium.com/@ObamaWhiteHouse Flickr.com/WhiteHouse will be archived at Flickr.com/ObamaWhiteHouse YouTube.com/WhiteHouse will be archived at YouTube.com/ObamaWhiteHouse Tumblr.com/WhiteHouse will be archived at ObamaWhiteHouse.tumblr.com How you can keep following the President, First Lady, and other White House Officials: President Obama After January 20, 2017, President Obama will use the following accounts: @BarackObama on Twitter Facebook.com/BarackObama Instagram.com/BarackObama For updates on the Obama Presidential Center, you can follow @ObamaFoundation on Twitter First Lady Michelle Obama You can follow First Lady Michelle Obama after January 20, 2017 at the following accounts: @MichelleObama on Twitter Instagram.com/MichelleObama Snapchat: MichelleObama Facebook.com/MichelleObama Vice President Biden You can follow Vice President Biden after January 20, 2017 at the following accounts: @JoeBiden on Twitter Facebook.com/JoeBiden Dr. Jill Biden You can follow Dr. Jill Biden after January 20, 2017 at the following accounts: @DrBiden on Twitter Instagram.com/DrBiden White House Officials (You can follow an twitter list of Obama White House officials here ): Denis McDonough: You can continue to follow Denis at @DenisMcDonough on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Denis44. Valerie Jarrett: You can continue to follow Valerie at @ValerieJarrett on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @VJ44. Josh Earnest : You can continue to follow Josh at @JoshEarnest on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @PressSec44. Susan Rice: You can continue to follow Susan at @AmbassadorRice on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @AmbRice44. Ben Rhodes: You can continue to follow Ben at @brhodes on Twitter. Archive content will be available at @Rhodes44. Jason Goldman: You can continue to follow Jason at @Goldman on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Goldman44. Brian Deese: You can continue to follow Brian at @BrianCDeese on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Deese44. Jason Furman: You can continue to follow Jason at @JasonFurman on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @CEAChair44. Cecilia Muñoz : You can continue to follow Cecilia at @cecmunoz on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Cecilia44. DJ Patil: You can continue to follow DJ at @dpatil on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @DJ44. Jen Psaki: You can continue to follow Jen at @JRPsaki on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Psaki44. Megan Smith: You can continue to follow Megan at @SmithMegan . Archived content will be available at @USTO44. Pete Souza: You can continue to follow Pete at @PeteSouza on Twitter and @PeteSouza on Instagram. Archived content will be available at @petesouza44 on Twitter and @petesouza44 on Instagram. Brandi Hoffine: You can continue to follow Brandi at @brandihoffine on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Hoffine44. Charlie Anderson: You can continue to follow Charlie at @EconCharlie on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Charlie44. Ed Felten: You can continue to follow Ed at @EdFelten on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @EdFelten44. Eric Schultz: You can continue to follow Eric at @ericschultz on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Schultz44. Jay Shambaugh: You can continue to follow Jay at @JayCShambaugh on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @CEAJay. Jesse Lee: You can continue to follow Jesse at @jessecharleslee on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @jesseclee44. Joanna Rosholm: You can contine to follow Joanna @jojorosholm on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Rosholm44. Katie Hill: You can continue to follow Brandi at @KatieMHill . Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Hill44. Kori Schulman: You can continue to follow Kori at @KoriSchulman on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @ks44. Kristin Lee: Y ou can continue to follow Kristin at @kristindlee on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Lee44. Liz Allen: You can continue to follow Liz at @LizMarieAllen on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @LizAllen44. Ned Price: You can continue to follow Ned at @NedPrice on Twitter. Archived content will be available at Price44. Patrick Rodenbush: You can continue to follow Patrick at @pnrodenbush on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Patrick44. Paulette Aniskoff: You can continue to follow Paulette at @PAniskoff on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Paniskoff44. R. David Edelman: You can continue to follow David at @R_D on Twitter. Archive content will be available at @rD44. Shaun Donovan: You can continue to follow Shaun at @Shaun_Don66 on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @ShaunOMB. Tara McGuinness: You can continue to follow Tara at @taradmcguinness on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Tara44.
In President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, he issued a bold call to action to give every child the opportunity to learn computer science. He did so because computing is becoming increasingly relevant to America’s economy, cybersecurity, and national security. He also thinks it’s a lot of fun! Since then, 2016 has been a year of action in support of computer science, with new announcements made today . This year alone, 14 new states have expanded CS education, more than 500 organizations have responded to the President’s call to action, and a new AP-CS course launched this fall that is already being offered in more than 2,000 classrooms. In addition, 15 federal agencies are coordinating efforts to expand CS education, with new investments and guidance. Learn more about all of today's announcements . As a year of action 2016 builds on a decade of national, state, and grassroots activity to revitalize K-12 computer science education. A clear example of that steady growth and momentum has been Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). First launched in 2009 with a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, and timed in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer and Medal of Freedom recipient Admiral Grace Murray Hopper , CSEdWeek has since grown into a global event celebrated worldwide where millions of students, educators, parents, and industry volunteers participate in events and activities to inform and educate students about computer science and career opportunities in technology. Students and families learn coding together during Family Code Night at Riverside Unified School District organized in collaboration with the Inland Code Consortium, a new effort to bring computer science to nine school districts across the Inland Empire of California. Photo Credit: RUSD Communications In 2013, President Obama kicked off CSEdWeek with a video message urging students to try their hands at computer science saying, “don’t just play on your phone, program it.” During CSEdWeek 2014, President Obama became the first President to write computer code as a part of a student coding activity at the White House, and last year the White House hosted the CS Tech Jam to bring developers, educators, and students together to develop new innovations for CS education. This week, Obama administration officials, alongside hundreds of local and national organizations, are joining community-led CSEdWeek events across the nation, ranging from the Inland CSforAll Summit, which brings together school districts and community partners across central California, to the BotBall Junior tournament in Oklahoma City where 1,000 students will show off their software skills as they compete with autonomous robots, to the “Cuppa Code” meet-up for new CS teachers and tech professionals in Arlington, Virginia, hosted by CodeVA and Starbucks to the General Services Administration’s “Grace Hopper” Hackathon for open government. Find an event in your community , and join the movement to bring computer science to all of our children!
President Obama is the first “social media president”: the first to have @POTUS on Twitter , the first to go live on Facebook from the Oval Office, the first to answer questions from citizens on YouTube , the first to use a filter on Snapchat . Over the past eight years, the President, Vice President, First Lady, and the White House have used social media and technology to engage with people around the country and the world on the most important issues of our time (while having some fun along the way ). Looking back over the past eight years, our digital footprint reflects some broader changes in the ways people consume news and information and engage with the world around them online. In 2009, in addition to rolling out a revamped WhiteHouse.gov featuring a blog, RSS, and an email list, we joined Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, iTunes, and even MySpace . In 2011, we launched We the People , a platform for citizens to petition the White House. In 2013, the First Lady posted her first photo to Instagram . In 2015, President Obama sent his first tweet from @POTUS . In 2016, the White House debuted an official story on Snapchat for the State of the Union. This digital infrastructure is an asset not just for the next president but for all future presidents to build off of. The archive belongs to the American people. From the very beginning, our mission has been to reach Americans and people around the world on the channels and platforms where they already spend their time. This work began on President Obama’s 2008 campaign and, over the course of this Administration, has increasingly meant meeting people where they are online, using technology to re-imagine traditional formats, and creating unique opportunities for people to interact with their government. The past eight years have left us with tremendous optimism about how future administrations might use these tools to create even more pathways for meaningful civic participation. So after all this – nearly eight years of digital firsts, more than 470,000 We the People petitions, nearly 30,000 @WhiteHouse tweets, and thousands of hours of video footage – what happens when the next administration takes office? The President has made clear that a smooth transition between administrations is one of his top priorities, and digital is a key component of that effort. While much of the digital transition is unprecedented in the United States, the peaceful transition of power is not. There are some important principles we can work from. Accordingly, we have been working to ensure that our digital transition meets three key goals. First, we are preserving the material we’ve created with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) . From tweets to snaps, all of the material we’ve published online will be preserved with NARA just as previous administrations have done with records ranging from handwritten notes to faxes to emails. Second, wherever possible, we are working to ensure these materials continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing for real time access to the content we’ve developed. Finally, we are working to ensure that the next president and administration – regardless of party – can continue to use and develop the digital assets we have created to connect directly with the people they serve. Here is an overview of our plans for how this will work: Social Media: On Twitter, for example, the handle @POTUS will be made available to the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. The account will retain its more than 11 million followers, but start with no tweets on the timeline. @POTUS44, a newly created handle maintained by NARA, will contain all of President Obama’s tweets and will be accessible to the public on Twitter as an archive of President Obama’s use of the account. In addition, President Obama’s tweets will also be archived at NARA, where they will be preserved and accessible in the same manner as all other Presidential records. This will also be the case for other Twitter handles, including @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, and @VP. Individual official accounts, like @KS44, will transition to NARA and continue to be accessible for the public to view as an archive of all tweets sent by White House staff. On Instagram and Facebook, the incoming White House will gain access to the White House username, URL, and retain the followers, but will start with no content on the timeline. An archive of White House content that was posted to the Obama White House Instagram and Facebook will continue to be accessible to the public at Instagram.com/ObamaWhiteHouse and Facebook.com/ObamaWhiteHouse. Facebook accounts for President Obama and the Vice President and the Instagram accounts belonging to the First Lady and Vice President will be moved to new “44” usernames and preserved by NARA. We’ll follow a similar approach with other official accounts on platforms including Medium, Tumblr, and YouTube. These presences will be made available to the 45th White House, including the “White House” username, /WhiteHouse URL, and the followers, but start with no content on the accounts. The Obama White House content will be preserved and accessible in the same manner as all other presidential records and continue to be available on the platform at a new URL. We the People: Today, the White House’s We The People website has more than 12 million verified users that have created more than 470,000 petitions to their government on the issues they care the most about. The White House mobilizes government officials to respond to every petition that receives at least 100,000 signatures. Over the years, we’ve seen it become a powerful platform, with petitions reaching senior staff and the President’s desk and even shaping policy on topics including cell phone unlocking and net neutrality . The We the People code has been open-sourced and we’re taking every step possible to make it easy for future administrations to carry on this tradition. The petitions and our responses will also be archived with NARA. WhiteHouse.gov: Similar to the Clinton and Bush White House websites, President Obama’s WhiteHouse.gov will be preserved on the web and frozen after January 20th and made available at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. The incoming White House will receive the WhiteHouse.gov domain and all content that has been posted to WhiteHouse.gov during the Obama administration will be archived with NARA. Video and Photos: Over the past eight years, we’ve racked up thousands of hours of video footage and millions of photos. That’s all being transferred to NARA, where it will be preserved and made available to the public pursuant to the Presidential Records Act. The photos that have been released on WhiteHouse.gov, Flickr, Instagram and the video content on YouTube, Vimeo, and other White House presences will continue to be available on these platforms with updated usernames and will also be maintained by NARA. Full resolution versions of all the photo and video content that has been posted online will also be archived with NARA. Opening Up the Data to the Public: In addition to the steps that the White House and NARA are taking, we want to open up this process to the American people. Specifically, by the end of this Administration, we're committed to publicly sharing our social media content in an easily accessible and comprehensive way (e.g., zip files to download). In the interim, we're inviting the American public – from students and data engineers, to artists and researchers – to come up with creative ways to archive this content and make it both useful and available for years to come. From Twitter bots and art projects to printed books and query tools, we’re open to it all. The White House will make our social media data available early to people who are interested in building something for the public. For more information on how to submit an idea, click here . Submit Your Idea Given the unprecedented nature and scale of the digital transition, we anticipate we’ll learn a lot along the way – so these plans may evolve. You can follow along @WHWeb for updates on the digital transition process, data releases, and more.
Watch: President Obama Speaks at the 2016 Our Ocean Conference Today, President Obama is designating the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the coast of New England as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The new national monument – which encompasses pristine underwater mountains and canyons – will provide critical protections for important ecological resources and marine species, including deep-sea coral and endangered whales and sea turtles. Over the past several decades, the nation has made great strides in its stewardship of the ocean, but the ocean faces new threats from varied uses, climate change, and related impacts. Through exploration, we continue to make new discoveries and improve our understanding of ocean ecosystems. In these waters, the Atlantic Ocean meets the continental shelf in a region of great abundance and diversity as well as stark geological relief. The waters are home to many species of deep-sea corals, fish, whales and other marine mammals. President Obama Check out National Geographic's video that opened up the Our Ocean Conference to see why President Obama is so committed to conservation: Just last month, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 442,781 square miles, creating the world’s largest marine reserve. Today’s designation will protect 4,913 square miles of marine ecosystems with unique geological features that have been the subject of scientific exploration and discovery since the 1970s. To date, President Obama has protected more land and water than any other U.S. president in history. President Obama discussed these efforts with legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle at Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument. Take a look: One of the reasons President Obama ran for president was to make sure the U.S. does its part to protect our planet for future generations. Photographers Paul Nicklen, Bo Bridges, and Michael Muller have spent their lifetimes capturing what lies within our oceans, and the beauty we stand to lose if we don't act to combat climate change. Today, they're taking over the White House Instagram. So check out a few of their photos along with their thoughts on the President's latest act in conservation. “During a feeding frenzy on herring in #Norway, a humpback whale whips its tail across the surface of the water creating a backlit curtain of seawater. I've been documenting both the beauty and the plight of our planet's polar and our world's oceans for twenty years. The commitments of #OurOcean plus President Obama’s embrace of conservation (he's protected over 550M acres of land and water so far, more than any President ever) is positive change in the right direction.” — Paul Nicklen “I decided to share the focus of my lens between the famous actors, musicians and athletes and our ocean, with sharks in particular. At the onset, I had no idea the number of sharks being killed annually. … Years and tens of thousands of photographs later, I am proud that #OUROCEAN has been created; enabling so many like-minded people to share ideas and strive for solutions to the many crises OUR OCEAN faces today. The time to act is now. No better way to jump start that action than President Obama’s move to protect a slice of ocean off the coast of New England, creating the first-ever marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.” — Michael Muller “Nothing comes close to the size of a Blue Whale. We are constantly learning about the ocean and nothing gets me more excited than jumping in to experience it first-hand. I’ve been diving and surfing since I was a kid and still have problems explaining the immense beauty and degradation I have seen over the years. I want to help preserve these waters so my kids and their kids, and generations on, can enjoy what I love most. It’s my true connection to the universe.” –Bo Bridges Follow Along on Instagram
This was originally posted on the Department of Transportation's blog, Fast Lane. You can find it here . And look back at what it was like when Air Force One touched down in Cuba for the first time in history. Today, I was honored to be part of an historic occasion – arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. In addition, I am excited to announce that Department of Transportation has finalized its selection of eight U.S. airlines to begin scheduled flights to Havana as early as this fall. Today’s actions are the result of months of work by airlines, cities, the U.S. government, and many others toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage with Cuba. Earlier this summer, DOT announced the approval of six U.S. passenger airlines and one all-cargo airline to serve cities in Cuba other than Havana. The additional carriers are expected to begin flights to those cities shortly. The airlines receiving the Havana awards include network, low-cost, and ultra low cost carriers – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines. The flights will provide service to Havana from Atlanta, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, Orlando, and Tampa. Following an historic arrangement between the U.S. and Cuba to re-establish scheduled air service, a dozen U.S. airlines applied for the chance to operate scheduled passenger service to Havana. Collectively, the airlines applied for nearly 60 flights per day to Havana, exceeding the 20 daily flights made available by the arrangement between the two governments. DOT’s main objective in making its selections was to maximize public benefits, including choosing airlines that offered and could maintain the best service between the U.S. and Havana. In addition, the decision allocates nonstop Havana service to areas with substantial Cuban-American populations, as well as to several aviation hub cities. While today’s announcement is an exciting step in the Obama Administration’s historic effort to normalize relations with Cuba, please remember that travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by law, and travelers need to fall under one of 12 categories authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Transportation has a unique role in this historic initiative, and DOT looks forward to the benefits that these new services will provide to those eligible for Cuba travel. Related Content: President Obama Sends the First Direct Mail to Cuba in 50 Years Ben Rhodes: A Year Later, Changing Course in Cuba
You’ve seen photos of self-driving cars zooming down California highways and read about lawyers that are actually chatbots. These are some of our first encounters with automation and artificial intelligence (AI). And if you’re wondering how these types of technology will change the ways we work and live, you’re not alone. There's no shortage of predictions. Depending on who's talking, it will be the source of tremendous opportunity or a challenge to even our most basic institutions. In any event, it's no longer just the stuff of science fiction. Our growing reliance on automation implies some big public policy questions. Some that we're already grappling with, and others we'll need to tackle in the coming years. On Tuesday, July 5, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough will host a conversation with Robin Chase, transportation entrepreneur and author, and Martin Ford, author and futurist, to help shed some light on these issues. They’ll discuss and debate the nuanced aspects of automation, from what it means for jobs to laws to how we spend our days. In addition to the White House Facebook page , you can watch this conversation LIVE on Business Insider ’s and Futurism ’s pages, on Tuesday at 1:15PM EDT. Have a question about automation that you’d like to hear in the conversation? You can join the discussion by submitting your question below.
President Barack Obama sips filtered water from Flint following a roundtable on the Flint water crisis at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016.in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Obama traveled to Flint, Michigan to hear firsthand from the residents whose lives have been affected by the public health crisis and deliver this message to the Flint community: “I've got your back.” “I will not rest…until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and cook with” First, in a meeting with federal responders, the President spoke about the federal efforts in place to ensure clean drinking water for Flint residents. President Barack Obama drinks from a glass of water during a briefing on the Flint public health water crisis during a meeting with federal responders at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. The President is flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the left and Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) “And just to give you some examples of the work that's being done — FEMA is expanding access to water and filters by providing water commodities to the state of Michigan. The EPA has been actively testing and monitoring the city's water, and is providing technical assistance to the city to make sure that the water distribution system is safe again. The CDC is investigating concerns that we've heard from people about health symptoms that may have been connected to the water.” Learn more about the federal efforts to ensure clean drinking water . “Like all our best responses in tough times, this is not a government effort alone” Then, speaking to community members, the President highlighted the work of volunteers and community leaders on the ground. “The American people care about Flint” — @POTUS to the #Flint community: https://t.co/y89tceGBhh https://t.co/nRap0QvyPU — The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 4, 2016 “So many Americans, here in Flint and around the country, have proven that you don’t have be a plumber or a pipefitter to pitch in — although it’s very helpful if you’re a plumber or pipefitter. So, in March, dozens of accountants teamed up with the American Red Cross to help residents recycle all the plastic water bottles that have been piling up. Religious and community groups are organizing supply drives, supporting families, offering free medical services. “The director of a local dance studio, I understand, found a creative way to help: She’s letting people use her studio as a space to support one another by sharing their stories and realizing they’re not alone. Even inmates at an Indiana prison came together to donate more than $2,500 to the people of Flint. And a second-grader from Virginia, a young man named Isiah Britt, set up a website to see if he could raise $500 for hand sanitizers to send to the kids at Eisenhower Elementary here in Flint. So Isiah, it’s fair to say, surpassed his goal, because he raised $15,000. And he explained that the experience taught him just because you’re small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.” ” We’ve got to fix the culture of neglect” Then, the President laid out why we need to work together to change the underlying mindset of neglect that puts our communities at risk. “This was a manmade disaster. This was avoidable. This was preventable.” @POTUS to the #Flint community: https://t.co/OcDywofkm0 — The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 4, 2016 “Now, I do not believe that anybody consciously wanted to hurt the people in Flint. And this is not the place to sort out every screw-up that resulted in contaminated water. But I do think there is a larger issue that we have to acknowledge, because I do think that part of what contributed to this crisis was a broader mindset, a bigger attitude, a corrosive attitude that exists in our politics and exists in too many levels of our government. “And it’s a mindset that believes that less government is the highest good no matter what. It’s a mindset that says environmental rules designed to keep your water clean or your air clean are optional, or not that important, or unnecessarily burden businesses or taxpayers. It’s an ideology that undervalues the common good, says we’re all on our own and what’s in it for me, and how do I do well, but I’m not going to invest in what we need as a community. And, as a consequence, you end up seeing an underinvestment in the things that we all share that make us safe, that make us whole, that give us the ability to pursue our own individual dreams.” “I am confident that Flint will come back” President Barack Obama hugs Mari Copeny, 8, backstage at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. Mari wrote a letter to the President about the Flint water crisis. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) “I want all of you to know I am confident that Flint will come back. I will not rest, and I'm going to make sure that the leaders, at every level of government, don’t rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and safe to cook with, and safe to bathe in—because that's part of the basic responsibilities of a government in the United States of America.” Watch the President's full speech here: Check out a few more photos from today's visit to Flint. President Barack Obama talks with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as they arrived at Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. The governor rode in the motorcade with the President from the airport. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable on the Flint water crisis at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Barack Obama convenes a briefing on the Flint water crisis at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This week, we celebrated the creativity, ingenuity, and innovation of America's artists, inventors, and innovators who form the backbone of American culture and help drive the strength of our economy. America's great creators deserve the strongest possible protections of their intellectual property — so they can continue to make the iconic and innovative creations that help define who we are as a people. After returning from Hannover Messe, a global trade fair in Germany that featured the latest industrial inventions from the U.S., the President took some time to list a few of his favorite examples of what America creates. Check out his list . “If you swiped through my music collection, you'd find some Bruce, some Stevie, some Al Green. If you opened my iPad, you'd find the word puzzle games I love to play. If you looked at my bookshelf, you'd find Marilynne Robinson novels and Toni Morrison classics. And I bet if we compared collections, a lot of you have similar favorites – all hallmarks of American culture and creativity. The thing is, so do people all over the world. American music fills cafés in Europe; American apps pepper smartphones across Asia, and American authors inspire readers from South America to South Africa to the South Pacific. When I was at the Hannover Messe global trade fair in Germany this week, I tested out some of the latest innovations from America's best entrepreneurs. It reminded me why American ingenuity leads the world. After all, our country itself was once a creative idea conceived by independent-minded people. Today, the work of our creative and innovative industries supports more than 27 million jobs here at home and account for more than 60 percent of the goods we export to other countries. That's worth protecting from counterfeiters and thieves – and we are. When someone in a foreign country sells ripped-off copies of an American artist's music, a writer's film, or even your favorite athlete's jersey, we all lose. But strong intellectual property protections make sure no one can undercut our economy or take advantage of America's great creators – which is why we put those protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement covering nearly 40 percent of the global economy. With these protections in place, American innovators are free to create that unique brand of American culture that has shaped the heart and soul of this imaginative country for centuries. When I got back from Hannover Messe, I took some time to jot down a few of my favorite works – proud examples of what Americans can create, and what we have to protect. Join me by sharing your favorites: http://go.wh.gov/rYKJ9LM ” Read the President's post here .
Yesterday marked the eleventh year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and the second year that this Administration has celebrated by opening our doors to include students from local schools in the D.C. area. This was a joint initiative between the Office of Management and Administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and Domestic Policy Council. The theme for this year’s event was “Fire Up Your Future.” More than 250 children met with staff throughout the morning to learn about different jobs at the White House. During the visit, the children got a behind-the-scenes look into the making of West Wing Week, said hello to Bo and Sunny, and got a tour of the President’s vehicle, The Beast. To open the keynote portion of the event, Mada McCabe, daughter of a White House employee, introduced First Lady Michelle Obama and shared her own personal story about how she wants to be an advocate for youth with disabilities when she grows up. First Lady Michelle Obama talks with introducer Mada McCabe in the Green Room prior to their participation in the Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day event in the East Room of the White House, April 20, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) The First Lady concluded the event by answering questions from the children about the White House Kitchen Garden, her Let’s Move! Initiative, and her job as First Lady. See the full remarks below: To learn more about the White House’s initiative to bring our nation’s daughters and sons to work, visit www.whitehouse.gov/daughtersandsons . You can also view President Obama’s call to action , which encourages employers to invite youth from their communities who may not have a workplace to visit: “Invite them to spend the day with you. Show them what you do every day – and tell them that, with hard work and determination, they can do it too.” See more photos and video from this year's White House event below: Today we welcome Big Brothers Big Sisters to the @WhiteHouse for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day: https://t.co/nSO63b7eBV — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) April 20, 2016 Jalonnie & Jahlil taught me this cool handshake @ Take Our #DaughtersAndSons to Work Day! #MyBrothersKeeper @DCCFSA pic.twitter.com/6B7duU4hZE — Michael Smith (@MikeSmith_44) April 20, 2016 Thank you to the @FLOTUS , Michelle Obama, for hosting kids and Littles as part of #TODASTW at the @WhiteHouse | @todastw1 — BBBS (@BBBSA) April 20, 2016 Thx @FLOTUS for having our youth at The @WhiteHouse for Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day! #DaughtersAndSons pic.twitter.com/08RChG2ZJO — DC CFSA (@DCCFSA) April 20, 2016 OSTP COS Cristin Dorgelo w/12-yo aspiring mathematician/scientist Roger for Take Our #DaughtersAndSons to Work Day! pic.twitter.com/R8zfuNuhds — The White House OSTP (@whitehouseostp) April 20, 2016 #DaughtersAndSons Brianna cares about fairness, wants to be a doctor, but her eye is on the Oval. This girl rocks! pic.twitter.com/rsZfClovAP — Kimberlyn Leary (@kimberlynleary) April 20, 2016 Stoked to have lunch with Jamarri for Take Our #DaughtersAndSons to Work Day! — Jason Goldman (@Goldman44) April 20, 2016 Summer Burglass is the Associate Director of White House Personnel.