Weekly Address: Working Together in the New Year

President Obama tells the American people that, by joining together, we can move past the tough debates and help to create jobs and grow the economy in the new year.

June 11, 2011 "The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day." (Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

June 11, 2011
"The top photograph shows the President having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David. Unbeknownst to me, David Lienemann captured a similar photo of the Vice President on the very same day."
(Official White House Photos by Pete Souza and David Lienemann)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

West Wing Week 12/30/11 or “Best of the West (Wing Week)”

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, we’re taking a look back at the President’s third year in office, highlighting behind-the-scenes footage and some of our favorite presidential moments. That’s January 1st to December 31st or “Best of the West (Wing Week).”

Sept. 10, 2011 "The President hugs a woman during a visit with the First Lady to Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Section 60 is reserved for military personnel who have lost their lives while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Sept. 10, 2011
"The President hugs a woman during a visit with the First Lady to Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Section 60 is reserved for military personnel who have lost their lives while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq."
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Sept. 11, 2011 "Chuck Kennedy captured this scene with a remote camera as the President and First Lady, along with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, paused at the North Memorial Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. The North Memorial pool sits in the footprint of the north tower, formerly 1 World Trade Center." (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Sept. 11, 2011
"Chuck Kennedy captured this scene with a remote camera as the President and First Lady, along with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, paused at the North Memorial Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. The North Memorial pool sits in the footprint of the north tower, formerly 1 World Trade Center." 
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Admiral Robert Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, leave the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Admiral Robert Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, leave the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Admiral Robert Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and his family, aboard the Admiral’s barge CINCPACFLT while en route to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Admiral Robert Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and his family, aboard the Admiral's barge CINCPACFLT while en route to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011.

Joining Forces with NASCAR

The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden visited Homestead-Miami Speedway as it hosted the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, the Ford 400. They joined NASCAR in honoring America’s troops and military families. NASCAR, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden recognized service members and military families from the local community at a special BBQ lunch prior to the race. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden also invited a military family to join them as they serve as Grand Marshals for the championship race to lead the pre-race ceremony and offer the most famous words in racing: “Gentlemen, start your engines.”

The 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House

The 2011 Kennedy Center Honors were bestowed on five giants from the world of the arts — not just for a single role or a certain performance, but for a lifetime of greatness. The recipients, Yo Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond and Sonny Rollins, were honored at the White House in early December.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, attend Christmas services at the Marine Corp Base Hawaii chapel

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, attend Christmas services at the Marine Corp Base Hawaii chapel in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.