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Statement by the President on the Death of Kenji Goto

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on January 31, 2015 | 10:04 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL.  Through his reporting, Mr. Goto courageously sought to convey the plight of the Syrian people to the outside world.  Our thoughts are with Mr. Goto’s family and loved ones, and we stand today in solidarity with Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people in denouncing this barbaric act.  We applaud Japan’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace and prosperity in the Middle East and globally, including its generous assistance for innocent people affected by the conflicts in the region.  Standing together with a broad coalition of allies and partners, the United States will continue taking decisive action to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

Weekly Address: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on January 31, 2015 | 6:00 am - Original Item - Comments (View)
President Obama Tapes the Weekly Address on January 30

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. January 30, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

In this week’s address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics.

This week, the President will send a budget to Congress centered on the idea that everyone who works hard should have the chance to get ahead. His plan will reverse harmful sequestration cuts and instead make paychecks go further, create good jobs here in the United States, and prepare hardworking Americans to earn higher wages. The President made the case for his budget, and affirmed his commitment to doing everything he can to ensure more Americans can get ahead in this new economy.

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Weekly Address: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on January 31, 2015 | 6:00 am - Original Item - Comments (View)

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics. This week, the President will send a budget to Congress centered on the idea that everyone who works hard should have the chance to get ahead. His plan will reverse harmful sequestration cuts and instead make paychecks go further, create good jobs here in the United States, and prepare hardworking Americans to earn higher wages. The President made the case for his Budget, and affirmed his commitment to doing everything he can to ensure more Americans can get ahead in this new economy.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, January 31, 2015.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
January 31, 2015

Hi, everybody.  At a moment when our economy is growing, our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again, we have to make some choices about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?  Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

That was the focus of my State of the Union Address – middle-class economics.  The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. 

This week, I will send a budget to Congress that’s built on those values. 

We’ll help working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid leave and child care like the economic priorities that they are.  We’ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student.  And we’ll keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets. 

We can afford to make these investments.  Since I took office, we’ve cut our deficits by about two-thirds – the fastest sustained deficit reduction since just after the end of World War II.  We just have to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does.  It proposes getting rid of special interest loopholes in our tax code, and using those savings to cut taxes for middle-class families and reward businesses that invest in America.  It refuses to play politics with our homeland security, and funds our national security priorities at home and abroad.  And it undoes the arbitrary, across-the-board budget cuts known as “the sequester” for our domestic priorities, and matches those investments dollar-for-dollar in resources our troops need to get the job done. 

Now, I know that there are Republicans in Congress who disagree with my approach.  And like I said in my State of the Union Address, if they have ideas that will help middle-class families feel some economic security, I’m all in to work with them.  But I will keep doing everything I can to help more working families make ends meet and get ahead.  Not just because we want everyone to share in America’s success – but because we want everyone to contribute to America’s success.

That’s the way the middle class thrived in the last century – and that’s how it will thrive again.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Weekly Address: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Video on January 31, 2015 | 5:00 am - Original Item - Comments (View)
In this week's address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics.

Weekly Address: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Audio Clip on January 31, 2015 | 5:00 am - Original Item - Comments (View)
In this week's address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics.

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: The Prosperity of the Middle Class

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on January 31, 2015 | 5:00 am - Original Item - Comments (View)

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 AM ET, SATURDAY, January 31, 2015

WEEKLY ADDRESS: The Prosperity of the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s message, Juan Gonzalez , Special Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs, described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics. He also spoke about the announcement that the President made in his budget’s proposal which will request a historic $1 billion to create a new initiative to promote prosperity, security and good governance in Central America.

The audio of the address and video of the message will be available online HERE

Remarks of Juan Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Spanish Weekly Address

The White House

Hi, everybody, I am Juan Gonzalez, Special Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs,. At a moment when our economy is growing, our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again, we have to make some choices about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

That was the focus of the President’s State of the Union Address:middle-class economics. The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot.

And this week, the President will send a budget to Congress that’s built on those values.

We’ll help working families’ salaries go farther. We’ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student. And we’ll keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets.

The Administration also announced that the President’s budget will also request a historic $1 billion to create a new initiative to promote prosperity, security and good governance in Central America. Last summer, when thousands of unaccompanied minors and families came to our southwest border, it reminded us that the entire Western Hemisphere suffers the consequences when these young people are not presented with opportunity.

The Administration also announced that the President’s budget will also request a historic $1 billion to create a new initiative to promote prosperity, security and good governance in Central America. As we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed up on our Southwest border, the security and prosperity of Central America are inextricably linked with our own.

The President asked the Vice President to undertake this initiative. For the first time, we can envision and work toward having the Americas be overwhelmingly middle class, democratic and secure.

And the President will keep doing everything he can to help more working families make ends meet and get ahead.

That’s the way the middle class thrived in the last century – and that’s how it’ll thrive again.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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Weekly Address: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Video (YouTube) on January 31, 2015 | 4:30 am - Original Item - Comments (View)
In this week's address, the President described the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics. January 31, 2015.
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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Video (YouTube) on January 31, 2015 | 4:00 am - Original Item - Comments (View)
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1/30/15: White House Press Briefing

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Video (YouTube) on January 30, 2015 | 7:27 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
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Week in Review: A Trip to India, Protecting the Arctic, and More Precise Medicine

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on January 30, 2015 | 6:29 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

This week, the President traveled to India, launched the new Precision Medicine Initiative, and called on Congress to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Find out more about the past week at the White House in our latest weekly wrap-up.

A Historic Visit to India

“Chalein saath saath.” It means "forward together we go," and it perfectly sums up the President's recent trip to India.

The President and First Lady traveled to India this week -- their first time visiting since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in on May 26, 2014. President Obama also made history as the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice.

The United States and India are true global partners, both in strengthening economies and strong democracies. From a pledge on fighting climate change to beautiful parades, the trip was full of notable moments.

Take a look at the highlights and photos from the trip, and see how our two nations are moving forward together.

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