Unveiling the Official President Bush Portrait

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush for the unveiling of their official portraits. May 31, 2012.

5/31/12: White House Press Briefing

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

My First Job: John Holdren

John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, talks about his first job, the lessons he learned and how they still apply to his work today. Go find your first job at http://www.whitehouse.gov/youthjobs

2011 Medal of Freedom Recipient Pat Summitt

In addition to accomplishing an outstanding career as the all-time winningest leader among all NCAA basketball coaches, Summitt has taken the University of Tennessee to more Final Four appearances than any other coach and has the second best record of NCAA Championships in basketball. She has received numerous awards, including being named Naismith Women’s Collegiate Coach of the Century. Off the court, she has been a spokesperson against Alzheimer’s. The Pat Summitt Foundation will make grants to nonprofits to provide education and awareness, support to patients and families, and research to prevent, cure and ultimately eradicate early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Dr. William Foege

A physician and epidemiologist, Foege helped lead the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He was appointed Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977 and, with colleagues, founded the Task Force for Child Survival in 1984. Foege became Executive Director of The Carter Center in 1986 and continues to serve the organization as a Senior Fellow. He helped shape the global health work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and remains a champion of a wide array of issues, including child survival and development, injury prevention, and preventative medicine. Foege’s leadership has contributed significantly to increased awareness and action on global health issues, and his enthusiasm, energy, and effectiveness in these endeavors have inspired a generation of leaders in public health.

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Dolores Huerta

2011 Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta is a civil rights, workers, and women’s advocate. With Cesar Chavez, she co-founded the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the United Farm Workers of America. Huerta has served as a community activist and a political organizer, and was influential in securing the passage of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, and disability insurance for farmworkers in California. In 2002, she founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing community organizers and national leaders. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.

President Barack Obama holds a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, May 31, 2012.

President Barack Obama holds a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, May 31, 2012.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush in the Cross Hall towards the East Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. The President and First Lady hosted a ceremony to unveil the Bushes’ official portraits, which will be displayed in the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush   in the Cross Hall towards the East Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. The President and First Lady hosted a ceremony to unveil the Bushes' official portraits, which will be displayed in the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a lunch for members of the Bush family in the Red Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. Seated clockwise from the President are: former First Lady Barbara Bush, Bucky Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Jenna Bush Hager, Marvin Bush, Jody Bush, former President George W. Bush, Mrs. Obama, former President George H.W. Bush, Patty Bush, Bobby Koch, Barbara Bush, Margaret Bush, Jonathan Bush, and former First Lady Laura Bush.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a lunch for members of the Bush family in the Red Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. Seated clockwise from the President are: former First Lady Barbara Bush, Bucky Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Jenna Bush Hager, Marvin Bush, Jody Bush, former President George W. Bush, Mrs. Obama, former President George H.W. Bush, Patty Bush, Bobby Koch, Barbara Bush, Margaret Bush, Jonathan Bush, and former First Lady Laura Bush.

President Obama Marks Jewish American Heritage Month

President Obama delivers remarks at the White House during a reception to mark Jewish Heritage Month. May 30, 2012.