We have held forums here at the White House on workplace flexibility, and the first major bill signed into law by President Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Lilly was here a few weeks ago because we were trying very hard to push paycheck fairness through the Congress. Unfortunately, we fell two votes...
I just worry a lot. I’m a worrier. Michelle and Barack are really dear to me. I mean, I love them. And I don’t want to see them get hurt. Just the nature of politics is hurtful. So every time they are hurt, I get hurt. It’s a lot to ask of people, and it’s...
There are certain things that Americans expect their government to do. Our infrastructure is vitally important. Putting people back to work with construction is important. Our roads, our bridges, our sewers, our waterways, our dams – this is what makes our country so special.
As we try to compete in this global marketplace, we need to rebuild our infrastructure. We need to rebuild our schools. We need to make sure that teachers and first responders and veterans who are coming home from serving our country so proudly have jobs waiting for them.
The President has been a big proponent of the public option since the campaign.
No one will be forced to take the public option. The word option means choice.
One of the major goals of health insurance reform is to bring down the cost.
People are struggling. They’re trying to make ends meet, and they’re looking for Washington to deliver for them. And they don’t feel that that’s been happening as quickly as it should. We share that frustration. There’s no one more frustrated than President Obama.
I moderated a panel focusing just on women and the specific challenges that women entrepreneurs face. And we found that around the world, the challenges are the same, whether it is gaining access to capital, risk-taking, or the ability to expand beyond a small business and grow.
The United States is a strong and ardent ally of Israel. The fact of the matter is that friends can disagree. I think what’s important is that world leaders are able to sit down with one another, have frank conversations and move forward.
President Obama stands ready to work with everyone, because that’s what the American people expect and deserve – not for the short term political advantages, but the long term health of our country. We don’t spend time trying to figure out what’s in the minds of Republicans, we try to keep our focus on the...