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In Case You Missed It: How We Honored Dr. King

Tue, 2015-01-20 11:45

In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a national day of service -- a "day on, not a day off." The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to honor Dr. King by coming together to help meet the needs of their communities and recommit to service throughout the year. Throughout the day yesterday, the President and the First Lady, the Vice President, Cabinet secretaries, and other senior Administration officials participated in a number of community service projects both in DC and throughout the nation. 

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8 Americans Wrote to the White House About Their Lives. We Want You to Hear Their Stories:

Tue, 2015-01-20 11:03

Every day, tens of thousands of Americans write to our family. Some of their letters make us laugh. Some of their letters tear at our hearts. A lot of their letters remind Barack and me of our own lives. But all of their letters keep us connected to the stories of Americans across the country. 
One of those letters came from Jason Gibson, a wounded warrior who wrote Barack last October. Jason sustained injuries serving our country in Afghanistan that led to the loss of both of his legs. Despite enduring 21 surgeries, he is unable to use prosthetics.
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Following The Franchise System Does Not Equal Instant Success

Tue, 2015-01-20 00:00

Did you ever see the movie “A League of Their Own” with Tom Hanks? If not, you should. There’s a great quote in it, and it pertains to owning a franchise.
"Of course it's hard...

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Enhancing the 2015 State of the Union: Announcing Our "River of Content"

Mon, 2015-01-19 20:15

We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to use digital channels to better engage with the public and give people a way to participate and interact with President Obama. Since 2011, a big part of that has been the "enhanced" version of the President’s State of the Union address, adding charts and graphics to give a deeper look at why policies are pursued, and what they mean for the American people. The format has improved over the years, including last year’s page which incorporated a real-time "tweetserver" that enabled users to share content in real time.

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Get Ready: President Obama’s State of the Union Address is One Day Away

Mon, 2015-01-19 17:42

One day from today on Tuesday, January 20, President Obama will go to the U.S. Capitol and present his sixth State of the Union address to Congress and the American public.
The State of the Union is a time-honored tradition where the President updates Congress on his plans for the upcoming year, and speaks to the American people about his Administration’s priorities and policies.

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Email from First Lady Michelle Obama: "The Most Important Story"

Mon, 2015-01-19 17:14

This afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama sent a message to the White House email list, letting readers know that the very best place to watch the State of the Union is at Check out her email, share this video from the President, and tune in to watch the State of the Union tomorrow night.
Didn't get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.

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Watching the State of the Union: Everything You Need to Know

Mon, 2015-01-19 15:48

The Best Way to Watch
No matter your device, is the place to watch President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET. 
Stream the address and follow along with exclusive interactive graphics and charts showing what the announcements mean for you.
Then, be sure to stick around after the speech for an exclusive live video Q&A.

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President Obama Reflects on Dr. King's Legacy and Honors It with Service

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:50

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Honoring the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Obama issued a proclamation commemorating the federal holiday marking Dr. King's birthday, and encouraged all Americans to honor his legacy through their own service.
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Meet the First Lady's Guests at This Year's State of the Union:

Mon, 2015-01-19 07:15

President Obama is delivering the 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20. Watch it live at 9 p.m. ET at

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Meet Carolyn Annette Reed, a Guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union

Mon, 2015-01-19 00:00

Editor's note: This blog first appeared on 

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