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Rebecca is 11 years old and her heart is broken.
A young resident of Vermillion, South Dakota, Rebecca has been waiting and waiting for President Obama to visit her home state for the last six years. So, in April, she took matters into her own hands and wrote the President a letter laying out her best arguments for him to come: "We are the warmest of the Dakotas ... and when I just go to the park, I sometimes see coyotes, hawks, and bald eagles."
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This week, the President will visit South Dakota, marking the 50th state he has visited during his administration (as such, it's also my 50th state with him). To mark the occasion, I chose one photograph from each state that we’ve visited. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. With help from photo editor Phaedra Singelis, I tried to depict a variety of situations. Some are more lighthearted, some are sad, and some are poignant. Some are with the Vice President, some are with the First Lady and a couple are with the entire family.Read More
Last fall the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hack-a-thon” focused on innovating a device that impacts the lives of so many women who manage the needs...Read More
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President Obama is traveling to Watertown, South Dakota on Friday to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute — one of the nation's top community colleges. While congratulating the graduating class, the President will also discuss his plan to make community college free for students who keep their grades up.
This afternoon, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil sent the following message to the White House email list, explaining how community college helped him get to where he is today, and why he thinks more Americans should have access to community college.
If you agree with DJ, tell us where community college brought you — or why it should be available to more Americans — using this form or the hashtag #CommunityCollege.
Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them.
In the past two months, reps from the Environmental Protection Agency and the...Read More
President Barack Obama delivers remarks announcing Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. as the nominee for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Paul J. Selva, far right, as the nominee for Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 5, 2015. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Vice President Joe Biden participate.
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Today, the White House is convening the nation’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design to highlight how projects like new roads and transit lines can be designed to foster economic opportunity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. To help communities seeking to expand their pipelines of well-designed projects, the Administration is also releasing a Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design.Read More