"It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
—John Adams, 1776
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President Barack Obama tapes his weekly address following remarks on the economy at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wisconsin, July 2, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)Read More
Today, the President spoke at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, reflecting on the great strides America has made in the past six years in economic reform. With over 64 months of private sector job growth and the lowest uninsured rate ever, the United States had made great progress in helping middle class families, but our work isn't done.
Here are our top three moments from the speech:
This week, the President signed a bipartisan trade deal, welcomed the President of Brazil to the White House--and showed her one of our national treasures--hosted 50 girls in green on the South Lawn for a campout to celebrate the great outdoors, answered questions about healthcare in Tennessee and online, and traveled to Wisconsin to announce new overtime protections for hard-working Americans. That's June 26th to July 2nd or, "Amazing Grace."
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"My fellow citizens, we have come now to a time of testing. We must not fail. Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole."
— President Lyndon B. Johnson, upon signing the Civil Rights Act
It's a simple premise: A hard day's work ought to lead to a fair day's pay.
The problem is, our current legal code doesn't reflect that simple truth. We're doing something to change that.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay to nearly 5 million workers. That would mean that most salaried workers making less than an estimated $50,440 next year would now be guaranteed overtime pay.
Nick may be one of them.
This is the latest post in our "Asked and Answered" series, in which we periodically feature an exchange between the President -- or a Senior Administration Official -- and an American who wrote him. If you'd like to write the President yourself, you can do so here.Read More
The economy added 223,000 jobs in June as the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. Our economy has now added 5.6 million jobs over the past two years, the strongest two-year job growth since 2000. But despite this progress, there is more work to do. We must continue to build on the positive trends underlying our economy by ensuring that Americans working overtime receive a fair day’s pay, opening new markets for U.S. goods and services through expanded trade, increasing investments in infrastructure, providing relief from the sequester, and raising the minimum wage.
On July 4, 1776, fifty-six men in Philadelphia had a choice. They could continue to live under tyranny, or they could take a stand for liberty...Read More
Independence Day is right around the corner, and as the preparation begins for 4th of July festivities, it’s important to recognize the contributions that veterans have made not only while in...Read More