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.
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).”
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 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.