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12.1 million new jobs over 61 straight months of job growth: The clearest reflection that the economy works best when it’s working for everyone, not just the wealthy few.
That’s what middle-class economics is all about. And it is the backbone of the President’s budget – the clearest reflection of his priorities. The Congressional Republican budget is also the clearest reflection of their priorities, and the difference in visions could not be more stark.Read More
Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's blog. See the original post here.
When people ask me how I do what I do, I often recite the words of Bob Dylan: “I was just doing what I could with what I had where I was.” That kind of sums up my approach to my job as the President's photographer.
This past week, President Obama participated in the seventh Summit of the Americas, in Panama City, Panama. The Summit of the Americas is a tradition that brings together the leaders of North and South America to discuss issues that impact the Americas. President Obama's participation in the Summit highlights the continuing commitment of the U.S. to upholding the role that independent civil society and the private sector play in a shared democratic agenda.
One year ago, I took my oath to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the federal agency chartered by Congress in 1953 to support America’s entrepreneurs.
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President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah, April 3, 2015.
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This week, the President supported efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors, participated in a roundtable focused on how climate change is harming our health, traveled to Jamaica to hold a town hall with students and meet with CARICOM, and joined the First Lady in hosting the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.
Today, the President released his 2014 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $477,383. The Obamas paid $93,362 in total tax.
The President and First Lady also reported donating $70,712 – or about 14.8 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 33 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $22,012 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 19.6 percent.
This afternoon, Amanda Simpson -- Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, and the first openly transgender woman Presidential appointee ever -- sent the following message to the White House email list. Her message explains why "conversion therapy" is so harmful to all of us, and why it was important for the White House to stand up against the practice.
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"Wah Gwan, Jamaica?"
President Obama headed to Kingston, Jamaica yesterday, meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, as well as other Caribbean leaders on the importance of improving energy security and fighting climate change. He later held a town hall with the Young Leaders of the Americas.
“It is your generation who will shape the future of our countries and our region and this planet that we share long after those of us who are currently in public service are gone from the stage.” – President Obama, April 9
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