Skip to Content

You are here


Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap

Wed, 2014-06-25 19:40

Research shows that during the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Critically, what she hears has direct consequences for what she learns. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies that are half the size of their peers by age 3, putting them at a disadvantage before they even step foot in a classroom.

Read More

President Obama Honors NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson

Wed, 2014-06-25 19:00

Watch on YouTube
This afternoon, President Obama welcomed six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his Hendricks Motorsports team members to the White House for his 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship.

Read More

Administration Officials Reflect on Their Working Families:

Wed, 2014-06-25 18:15

This past Monday, Administration officials, businesses, economists, legislators, advocates, and working citizens came together for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families. The Summit focused on igniting a national conversation and setting a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.
These issues are real for everyone. Over the course of the past few months, senior Administration officials -- from the Secretary of Transportation to the First Lady's Chief of Staff -- have been sharing how they're real for them.

Read More

Making We the People More User-Friendly Than Ever

Wed, 2014-06-25 14:57

With more than 14 million users and 21 million signatures, We the People, the White House's online petition platform, has proved more popular than we ever thought possible. In the nearly three years since launch, we've heard from you on a huge range of topics, and issued more than 225 responses.
But we're not stopping there. We've been working to make it easier to sign a petition and today we're proud to announce the next iteration of We the People.

Read More

Safe and Responsible Oil and Gas Production as Part of President Obama’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

Wed, 2014-06-25 13:16

President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is working – enhancing our energy security, cutting carbon pollution, and spurring economic growth.
Since the President took office, U.S. production of electricity from wind has more than tripled, production of electricity from solar is up more than ten-fold, and production of oil and gas has grown each year. Today, the U.S. is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas.
Let’s drill down on the facts:

Read More

True Story: Why You Don’t Want a Business Plan Writer

Wed, 2014-06-25 11:41

It’s been years since I was making a real living off of business plan consulting (I migrated to business plan software instead), but I had an exchange last week that reminded me of one of the biggest problems – and most common misunderstandings – related to business plans.
Not that you, in your situation, should never hire a business plan writer, consultant or coach. In some cases that’s a good idea. But let me explain that after I tell this story.

Read More

Our Climate Action Progress: One-Year Report

Wed, 2014-06-25 10:44

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on climate change, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2013.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Read More

The White House Hosts the First-Ever Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

Wed, 2014-06-25 10:09

Yesterday, the White House hosted the first-ever Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, bringing together participants from around the world, and across sectors — including faith and business leaders, health advocates, representatives of civil society and philanthropic organizations, and members of the diplomatic corps. During panel discussions and in breakout sessions, these committed leaders discussed how to advance a common goal: promoting and protecting the human rights and dignity of LGBT people wherever they are threatened around the globe. 

Read More

Third Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2014

Wed, 2014-06-25 09:30

First-quarter GDP was revised down today, largely reflecting updated estimates of consumer spending on health care, which was substantially lower than originally reported, as well as exports, which were below the initial estimates. The GDP data can be volatile from quarter to quarter; a range of other data show a more positive picture for the first quarter, and more up-to-date indicators from April and May suggest that the economy is on track for a rebound in the second quarter.

Read More

Small Business, Big Impact: Celebrating Our Country and Small Businesses

Wed, 2014-06-25 07:54

Independence Day is right around the corner, and across the U.S. we’re preparing for our favorite 4th of July festivities – a day off filed with backyard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks and fun.
While we celebrate our country and the challenges we’ve overcome to achieve what we stand for today, there’s no doubt that this profile of greatness includes our small business owners and entrepreneurs. Facing difficulties from every angle with passion and perseverance, these businesses may be small, but they have a big influence on our country.
By the numbers

Read More