President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Oval Office, Dec. 3, 201. President Obama hosted President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the White House. Their visit underscored the growing partnership with Colombia, founded on our shared democratic values, deepening financial ties, and our long history of shared security goals.
Colombia is a respected leader in the region. We are expanding our partnership far beyond safety into new areas of mutual interest like commerce, energy access, regional infrastructure and economic integration. Thanks to the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement – a win-win for both countries - U.S. exports to Colombia are up nearly 20 percent, supporting thousands of American jobs and helping to achieve President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports.
Friday, October 11, 2013Posted by White House
After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget argument that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the edge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.
The two sides continued discussions into the night Thursday after Obama and top management officials met for 90 minutes with House Speaker John Boehner and other House GOP leaders at the White House. No agreement was reported and plenty of hurdles remained, however both sides cast their meeting positively as, for the first time, hopes emerged that a resolution might be attainable, even if only a temporary one.
Obama intended a late-morning White House meeting Friday with GOP senators, who said they would present options of their own for ending the shutdown and debt limit standoff.
A White House announcement about Thursday's meeting with House Republicans said "no exact determination was made but added that president looks forward to making continued development with members on both sides of the aisle.
Friday, September 13, 2013Posted by White House
It is an exciting day at the White House, and across the country, as President Obama names two active new leaders to head the White House inventiveness on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. George Cooper will begin this week as the Initiative’s administrative Director, and Dr. Ivory Toldson will serve as Deputy Director.
The task at hand for Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson is to guide a team, prolonged across 32 federal agencies, corporate entities, and humanitarian organizations, to work together in strengthening the capacity of over 100 HBCUs, as they strive to form this country’s next generation of leaders.
When an untied slave made his way 500 miles on foot, from a West Virginian mine, to the steps of Hampton University, little did he recognize that we would all learn the name, Booker T. Washington. And when Martin Luther King Jr. stepped onto more houses’ campus in Atlanta, he was only 15 years old – but previously, the seeds of vary in this country were being civilized.
The President has called on Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson to strengthen his Administration’s commitment to HBCUs, and to guide our national effort to victor both the rich traditions of these esteemed institutions and their agree for the future.
Friday, August 9, 2013Posted by White House
President Obama made a significant step toward that assure by signing into law the bipartisan student loan interest rate compromise, which advances our nation's promise to students by cutting rates on almost all new loans this year – saving a typical undergraduate student $1,500 more the life of his or her loans.
This legislation allows borrowers to advantage from the low interest rates currently available in the marketplace, guarantees that borrowers are able to lock in these rates over the life of their loans, and protects potential borrowers by capping how high rates can rise.
The signing of this legislation is a key victory for students, one in which Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle came together around the important mission of keeping college affordable for American students and their families.
As President Obama has frequently stated, higher education cannot be a luxury for a privileged few, it is an economic necessity that every relations should be able to afford, and that every young person with dreams and ambition should be able to access.
Making higher education more reasonable is a critical part of keeping that promise, and can’t let high borrowing costs prohibit students from accessing higher education and pursuing their part of the American dream.
Whereas this plan represents an important next step for students and families, it is abundantly clear that we need to do more. Already, President Obama has made momentous investments in college affordability through the development of the Pell Grant program, student loan reform and the creation of the American Opportunity Tax Credit.
Friday, May 3, 2013Posted by White House
Today, President Barack Obama will make his fourth visit to Mexico and continue on to Costa Rica on what is moreover his sixth visit to Latin America. On this journey, the President hopes to emphasize and support the deep cultural, familial, and fiscal ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America, and to encourage financial growth across the region.
Ahead of these visits, President Obama assembles two important sessions at the White House to hear from U.S. businesses and U.S. Latino leaders. The reason of these meetings was to hear from business working straight in the region, and organizations with a meticulous interest in Latin America and its Diasporas in the United States, about ways to foster fiscal development and growth for our shared prospect as a hemisphere.
Last Friday, a cluster of business leaders, representing a cross-section of companies doing business in Mexico and Latin America, held a vigorous conversation with the President. The meeting was a chance for the President to hear concerning emerging trends in the Western Hemisphere and what the United States government can do to foster fiscal growth in the Americas to help companies make jobs for middle class families on both sides of the border.
Business legislature offered strong support for measures projected to facilitate global and hemispheric trade, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They highlighted the growing consequence of the energy sector during the Americas and the need for infrastructure improvement to assist cross-border trade.
Monday, April 29, 2013Posted by White House
On Thursday, February 14th at 4:50 p.m. EST, President Obama will sit down with Americans from all crosswise the country for a “Fireside Hangout” our 21st century obtains on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats. The President will join a live, entirely effective interview from nowhere other than the Roosevelt Room in the White House’s West Wing.
This online occasion comes just days after the State of the Union address, where the President laid out his plan to generate jobs and reinforce the middle class. During the hangout, which is hosted and reasonable by Google, the President will connect with people who are vigorous online to argue the policies and proposals in the speech.
Thursday’s event with the President is the latest in a series of Fireside Hangouts and White House meeting programs on Google+. Last month, Vice President Biden boot off the series with a virtual discussion about dipping gun violence. And after President Obama obtainable his plan to fix our broken migration system, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, connected a Fireside Hangout on the issue.
The White House uses Google+, and other social media networks and online tools, to straight connect President Obama and his Administration openly with the American people. Since our inaugural White House hangout with President Obama after the State of the Union in January 2012, the White House has mass hangouts about all from healthy families to small business and advance refinancing to human trafficking.
Thursday, April 18, 2013Posted by White House
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