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"My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won't stop. In fact, I will be right there with y...
01/20/2017

"My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won't stop. In fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. But for now, whether you are young or whether you're young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President — the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours." —President Barack Obama

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01/20/2017

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01/20/2017

388 episodes. 8 years. One last chance to say farewell. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

POTUS 44
01/19/2017

POTUS 44

It's a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It's a letter meant to share what we know, what we've learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.

But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I've pulled strength. I've seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church.

I've taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I've seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I've seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I've seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I've seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I've seen our future unfolding.

All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work – the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there's an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

I'll be right there with you every step of the way.

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.' 'We the People.' 'We shall overcome.'

Yes, we can.

And if you'd like to stay connected, you can sign up here to keeping getting updates from me: https://act.barackobamafoundation.org/Keep-In-Touch

President Obama set out to reinvigorate clemency, and in one of his final actions as President, he has done just that. C...
01/19/2017

President Obama set out to reinvigorate clemency, and in one of his final actions as President, he has done just that.

Commuting the sentences of 1,175 people in eight years, President Obama has now granted more commutations than any president in history and has surpassed the last 13 presidents combined. http://go.wh.gov/6ULdiL

"Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you." —First Lady Michelle O...
01/19/2017

"Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you." —First Lady Michelle Obama

01/18/2017

“I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad. I believe tragic things happen, I think there’s evil in this world. But I think that, at the end of the day, if we work hard and if we’re true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, then the world gets a little better each time. That’s what this presidency has tried to be about.” — President Obama answers his last question from reporters at the White House.

01/18/2017

Happening now: President Obama takes questions from reporters in the final press conference of his presidency.

01/17/2017
CNN

Dad jokes for every occasion.

Even President Obama can't help but laugh at his own jokes.

01/17/2017

Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined Americans across the country in a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Check out their day at Naylor Road Family Shelter.

"Dr. King and those who marched with him proved that people who love their country can change it. As Americans, we all o...
01/16/2017

"Dr. King and those who marched with him proved that people who love their country can change it. As Americans, we all owe them a great deal." — President Obama on Martin Luther King Day.

01/16/2017

Watch live as President Obama finally gets the chance to welcome the World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs, to the White House!

01/14/2017

"Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools, at farms and on factory floors, at diners and on distant military outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man." — President Obama delivers his final weekly address to the American people from the Oval Office. http://go.wh.gov/AXSZLA

01/13/2017

“This house belongs to you, and to every American. For eight years, just a short chapter in the long story of our democracy, my family also had the privilege of calling the White House home.” —President Obama. Join the President and the First Lady for a preview of a 360° tour of the White House taking you into some of the most historic rooms of the People’s House, from the Situation Room to the Oval Office.

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“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully. As one of his ...
01/13/2017

“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully. As one of his long-time colleagues in the Senate, who happened to be a Republican, once said, ‘If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, you got a problem. He's as good a man as God ever created.’” —President Obama awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction to Vice President Biden

BREAKING: Today, President Obama designated new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country’s hist...
01/13/2017

BREAKING: Today, President Obama designated new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country’s history, from the vibrant history of the Reconstruction Era and its role in redefining freedom, to the important stories of the citizens who helped launch the civil rights movement in Birmingham, and the Freedom Riders whose bravery raised national awareness of segregation and violence: go.wh.gov/svwWua

01/12/2017

"For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country, and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations...I am proud to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction to my brother, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr." —President Obama surprising Vice President Biden with the nation's highest civilian honor: go.wh.gov/4KK2LZ

01/12/2017

Yes we can. Yes we did. Yes we can.

01/11/2017

President Obama’s Farewell Address

01/11/2017

"My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you." —President Obama: wh.gov/Farewell #ObamaFarewell

Thanks for eight great years. Tonight, President Obama returns home to say his grateful farewell to you: wh.gov/Farewell...
01/11/2017

Thanks for eight great years. Tonight, President Obama returns home to say his grateful farewell to you: wh.gov/Farewell #ObamaFarewell

“Being asked to be part of this journey was a great honor. Barack and I and our families have formed a real and lasting ...
01/10/2017

“Being asked to be part of this journey was a great honor. Barack and I and our families have formed a real and lasting bond over this incredible experience. During long hours in the Oval Office and Situation Room, during private lunches and quiet moments, I’ve seen Barack lead this country from economic crisis to recovery to resurgence. I’ve seen him lead the world not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example…I hope you’ll join me in Chicago as the President speaks about all we’ve accomplished on our journey as a country over the last eight years and the work that’s still ahead.” —Vice President Biden reflecting on the last 8 years serving the American people alongside President Obama. Tune in at 9pm ET tonight to watch President Obama’s Farewell Address: go.wh.gov/zgwbri #ObamaFarewell

National Geographic
01/10/2017

National Geographic

Exclusive: President Obama has protected more of the sea than anyone in history—and in a fantastic never-before-seen photo, he shows that he’s entirely at ease in the waves. http://on.natgeo.com/2iuBipE

01/09/2017

President Obama believes that no challenge poses a greater threat to our children, our planet, and future generations than climate change—and that no other country on Earth is better equipped to lead the world towards a solution.

That’s why under President Obama’s leadership, the United States has done more to combat climate change than ever before. Skeptics said these actions would kill jobs. Instead, we drove our carbon pollution to its lowest levels in two decades during the longest streak of job creation in American history. In fact, since the President took office, carbon emissions have decreased 9 percent, while the U.S. economy grew more than 10 percent.

We negotiated the landmark Paris Agreement and preserved more than 550 million acres of public lands and waters, more than any other president in history. We led by example, with historic investments in growing industries like wind and solar that created a steady stream of new jobs. We set the first-ever nationwide standards to limit the amount of carbon pollution, mercury, arsenic, and other toxic pollutants that power plants can dump into the air our children breathe. We saw more victories under the Endangered Species Act than any previous administration—from black bears in Louisiana to sea turtles and manatees in Florida. We designated the vast majority of Arctic U.S. waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas. And we designated new monuments and historic sites that better reflect the story of all our people.

Over the last eight years, we’ve proved we can rise to the challenge. What a precious thing we have to pass on to the next generation. Let’s keep the progress going: wh.gov/climate #POTUSinReview

01/09/2017
ATTN:

ATTN:

No one should feel discouraged from going to college. --Michelle Obama

“The urgency of acting to mitigate climate change is real and cannot be ignored. In recent years, we have also seen that...
01/09/2017

“The urgency of acting to mitigate climate change is real and cannot be ignored. In recent years, we have also seen that the economic case for action—and against inaction—is just as clear.” Read President Obama’s report on the progress we’ve made advancing a clean energy economy over the last eight years: scim.ag/2i8W4Kg

01/09/2017

On Tuesday at 9pm ET, President Obama will return to where it all started in Chicago to deliver his Farewell Address. Watch him reflect on the road we’ve traveled: wh.gov/Farewell #ObamaFarewell

01/08/2017

In 2010, six days before the Affordable Care Act passed, President Obama visited Ohio to share Natoma’s story and talk about what was at stake for millions of Americans. We must not forget how far we've come: go.wh.gov/ACAworks

01/08/2017
Better Make Room

Better Make Room

“To all of the #ComebackKids out there -- we’re rooting for you. The world #BetterMakeRoom. #ThanksMichelle

And a big thanks to The Band Perry for putting together this special tribute!

01/08/2017

In these final days, we’re sharing some of our most-watched White House videos the past eight years. Watch President Obama surprise some tourists during a walk in May of 2014. What’s your favorite moment from these past eight years? Share in the comments below—and then check out more of our most popular videos at wh.gov/videos.

01/08/2017

President Obama promised that he would make quality, affordable health care not a privilege, but a right. After nearly 100 years of talk, and decades of trying by presidents of both parties, that's exactly what he did.

Today, 20 million more adults have gained health coverage. So have another 3 million children, thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act and the improvements we made to the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The uninsured rate is below 10 percent—the lowest level since we started keeping records—and our communities are stronger and healthier thanks to advancements in public health, science, and innovation.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, your annual out-of-pocket spending is capped. Seniors get discounts on their prescription drugs. Young people can stay on their parents' plan until 26. 137 million Americans now have a right to coverage of critical preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs, like flu shots, yearly check-ups for women, and birth control. It is harder for insurance companies to discriminate against you because you're a woman when you get health insurance. Doctors are finding better ways to perform heart surgeries and delivering healthier babies, and treating chronic disease, and reducing the number of people that, once they're in the hospital, end up having to return to the hospital. And because of the law, it is illegal to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions—as many as 133 million Americans.

Together, we stood up for the idea that no American should have to go without the health care they need. Let’s keep fighting for it: wh.gov/health-care #POTUSInReview

01/07/2017

Two weeks to go, but we’re not done yet. Watch President Obama offer a grateful thank you to his Joint Chiefs of Staff, meet with his science advisors, and attend a farewell ceremony as Commander in Chief of America’s men and women in uniform in the second-to-last #WestWingWeek of this administration: go.wh.gov/XzZBNp

01/07/2017

“Having insurance coverage for our 24-year-old son meant he received treatment, for heroin addiction, which saved his life…Michael is now 4 years sober, and has just finished his first year at a community college in Minnesota on the dean’s list. He works full-time at a local hotel restaurant and is enrolled in MNSure, Minnesota’s Health Care (ObamaCare!) program. The business we were able to open, Georgetown Antiques and Artisans, because of having coverage outside of a former employer, is going strong after two and a half years and is collecting sales tax far beyond any insurance credits we received. The ACA still works.” —Russ and Linda Dickson from Texas on how the Affordable Care Act changed their lives. Here’s how the ACA continues to help people in all 50 states—and what's at stake with the Republican proposal to repeal it: http://go.wh.gov/ACAworks

01/07/2017

“We have made America a better, stronger place for the generations that follow ours. We’ve run our leg in our long journey of progress, knowing that our work is and will always be unfinished. That’s the imperative of citizenship – the idea that with hard work, people who love their country can change it. That will be the focus of my farewell to you this Tuesday – and I hope you’ll tune in. Thanks, and have a great weekend.” —President Obama in his weekly address. Tune in to his farewell address this Tuesday, January 10 at 9pm ET: wh.gov/farewell

01/07/2017
Vice President Biden 44

Vice President Biden 44

I just signed the desk in my ceremonial office alongside some great Vice Presidents and Presidents who used it before me: Truman, Eisenhower, Mondale, Rockefeller, Bush senior, and Al Gore to name a few. It's been the honor of my life to serve as your Vice President over the last eight years and represent this incredible country that we all love.

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