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The Weight of One Mission: Recounting the Death of Usama bin Laden, Five Years Later

May 02, 2016

It’s a scene you never forget. The intensity. The focus. 

The stillness of a room. The weight of one mission.

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Weekly Address: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job

April 30, 2016

In this week's address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote. It has been 45 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court. The President highlighted that Senate Republicans have said that Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity and impeccable qualifications. Despite this, most Senate Republicans refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves.

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West Wing Week 4/29/16 or, “Let's Have a Conversation”

April 29, 2016

Last week we left you in Saudi Arabia, and this week, the President continued his travels abroad. In London, he met with the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and actors bringing Shakespeare to life. In Germany, he witnessed innovation and technology hard at work at the Hannover Messe Fair. And back in Washington, DC, the President hosted the U.S. Naval Academy football team and celebrated Passover. That's April 22nd to April 28th or, "Let's Have a Conversation."

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Why was this Night Different from All Other Nights: An Eighth and Final Seder in the White House

April 29, 2016

Shabbat Shalom to all!

Yesterday, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the White House Passover Seder. As we say when we read the Passover Haggadah, why was this night different from all other nights?

This night was different from all other nights because, as the President wrote in this year's statement on Passover:

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Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

April 29, 2016

Disasters can strike anywhere at just about any time reminding us of the power of Mother Nature. The question is: are you ready? The good news is that schools, organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses across the country are stepping up their disaster preparedness efforts. However, the majority of Americans still aren’t nearly as prepared as they ought to be.

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More than 5.32 Million Records Released

April 29, 2016

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in January 2016. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 5.32 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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An Update on What We're Doing to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

April 29, 2016

Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Whether it is from suicide, domestic violence, a gang shootout, or an accident, too many Americans have lost loved ones, including too many precious children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability, or help a loved one do what was once effortless.

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The List: President Obama Jots Down His Favorite American Creative Works

April 28, 2016

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. 

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Here's How President Obama Is Taking New Steps to Help More Americans Manage Student Debt:

April 28, 2016

“I’m only here because this country gave me a chance through education. We are here today because we believe that in America, no hardworking young person should be priced out of a higher education. This country has always made a commitment to put a good education within the reach of young people willing to work for it.”

 President Barack Obama, June 9, 2014

 

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Advance Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the First Quarter of 2016

April 28, 2016

The economy grew 0.5 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2016, a slower pace than last quarter. Strong growth in residential investment boosted real GDP growth, but weakness in business investment and net exports—exacerbated by weak foreign demand and low oil prices—weighed on growth. Consumer spending grew at a moderate pace in the first quarter. Overall, the most stable and persistent components of output—consumption and fixed investment—rose 2.6 percent over the past four quarters.

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