NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

[image-50]NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet.The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. … [Read more...]

Weekly Address: A Path Towards a Thriving Middle Class

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 … [Read more...]

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: The Prosperity of the Middle Class

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 … [Read more...]

Remarks by the First Lady at the Presentation of the School Counselor of the Year Award

East Room 1:42 P.M. EST MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you guys so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you, everyone.  Welcome to the White House!  Here we are!    (Child cries.)   MRS. OBAMA:  I know.  (Laughter.)  Let him run free, it’s the White House!  … [Read more...]

FACT SHEET: Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2015 FACT SHEET: Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America Today, the Administration announced that the President will request an historic $1 billion as part of his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to … [Read more...]

Remarks by the First Lady at Got Your Six Screenwriters Event – Conversation on the Power of Telling Veterans’ Stories

National Geographic Society Washington, D.C. 11:21 A.M. EST   MRS. OBAMA:  Good morning.  (Applause.)  Thank you all.  Thanks so much.  You all, rest yourselves.  We want you well-rested so you can get to work on this initiative.   I want to start by thanking Chris … [Read more...]

Executive Order – Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ESTABLISHING A FEDERAL FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STANDARD AND A PROCESS FOR FURTHER SOLICITING AND CONSIDERING STAKEHOLDER INPUT By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to improve the Nation's … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Travel to Sri Lanka

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 2–3. Joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Atul Keshap, she will review bilateral and regional issues with the new Sri Lankan government, civil society and … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Nomination of 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings to UNESCO World Heritage List

The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of a group of 10 buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage List recognizes the “outstanding universal value” of the most significant … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Release of the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will brief the press on the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID on Monday, February 2 at 1:30 p.m. EST in … [Read more...]