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The First Lady Celebrates the 2015 Graduates of Oberlin College

Mon, 2015-05-25 20:49

This afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Class of 2015 at Oberlin College in Ohio. 

First Lady Michelle Obama is presented an honor sash during Oberlin College commencement ceremony in Oberlin, Ohio May 25, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Memorial Day 2015: Honoring Our Soldiers Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

Mon, 2015-05-25 15:41

This Memorial Day morning, President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia to pay solemn tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Weekly Address: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

Sat, 2015-05-23 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 22, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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West Wing Week: 05/22/2015 or, “@POTUS”

Fri, 2015-05-22 19:12

This week was National Police Week, and the President honored fallen officers at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service; celebrated the reform efforts of police officers in Camden, New Jersey; signed the National Blue Alert Act to help protect police officers; and congratulated the graduates at the 134th Commencement of the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. POTUS also sent his first tweet. That's May 15 to May 21 or, "@POTUS!"

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Listen: A Conversation on Community Policing

Fri, 2015-05-22 13:44

Over the past few months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have signed petitions on our We the People petitions platform related to community policing, in the wake of the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and others. This week, we invited these petition signers to join a White House call about improving community-police relations.
Yesterday's conversation participants included:

Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity

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National Jewish American Heritage Month: What It Means to Be Part of the Jewish American Community

Fri, 2015-05-22 10:00

Jewish American values are woven into the fabric of American life and have shaped the progress we’ve made as a country. That history has fundamentally shaped the President’s personal views and leadership. As he told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg: 

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#HonorThem This Memorial Day

Fri, 2015-05-22 00:00

Memorial Day is America’s most solemn holiday – a day to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in defense of our country and the values we hold dear.
So, Monday, we pay...

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#DreamSmallBiz: National Small Business Week Recap – Part One

Fri, 2015-05-22 00:00

Earlier this month, we celebrated National Small Business Week and honored small businesses and entrepreneurs for their hard work and contributions to our communities. This year’s theme was “Dream...

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What They’re Saying: Military Leaders Respond to the President’s Call to Battle Climate Change

Thu, 2015-05-21 16:41

Yesterday, President Obama delivered the commencement address to the 134th Cadet Class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The President congratulated the class on all they had achieved over the last four years, but reminded them of the challenges they will face both domestic and abroad; challenges like counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
Of the greatest challenges the Cadets will face will be those wrought by our changing climate. As the President stated:

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Keeping Up with the Cabinet: Honoring 45 American Companies for Export Excellence

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:38

This week, I had the honor of presenting 45 American companies with the President's “E” and “E” Star Awards, a recognition awarded to U.S. businesses that have made significant contributions to U.S. exports. These awardees, which range from small- and medium- sized businesses to household names, understand the importance of exports to their bottom line, American jobs, and the U.S. economy.

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