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Items filtered by date: April 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.



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."



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Each year, federal student loans help millions of Americans obtain a college education—an investment that, on average, has high returns. The earnings premium from a college education has risen steadily over the past decades, and today the median worker with a bachelor’s degree earns nearly $1 million more over the course of their career than the same type of worker with just a high school diploma, when both work full-time, full-year beginning at age 25.



At eight years old, Mari Copeny — known around town as “Little Miss Flint” — wrote to President Obama last month from her home in Flint, Michigan to share how she is working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community. She also noted that she’s headed the President’s way, and asked if she could meet him during her trip to Washington, D.C.

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