First Ever White House Hackathon

On February 22nd, we welcomed 21 programmers and tech experts to the White House and invited them to spend the day working alongside seven members of our own development team. Their goal was simple: to build tools using the new API for We the People, the White House petitions system, and contribute example code to a software development kit (SDK). For nine hours, these two groups clustered around each other’s laptops, solving problems, sharing ideas, sharing code, and asking questions.

This was the first White House Open Data Day Hackathon.

Weekly Address: Congress Must Compromise to Stop the Impact of the Sequester

In his weekly address, President Obama tells the American people that a series of harmful budget cuts—called the sequester—have taken effect because Congress failed to act. Because Republicans in Congress refused to compromise to close tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans, hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose their jobs or see their paycheck reduced, and middle class families will be hurt. Congress must join the President now to replace these cuts with a balanced approach that reduces our deficit while also making smart investments in areas that help our economy grow.

President Obama Makes a Statement on Resolving the Sequester

President Obama delivers a statement about moving forward in light of severe budget cuts that will start to take effect today. March 1, 2013.

President Obama Makes a Statement on the Sequester

President Obama delivers a statement about moving forward in light of severe budget cuts that will start to take effect today, and answers questions from the press. March 1, 2013.

President Barack Obama listens to Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer during a meeting in the Oval Office, March 1, 2013. Seated, from left, are: National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

President Barack Obama listens to Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer during a meeting in the Oval Office, March 1, 2013. Seated, from left, are: National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in the Oval Office, March 1, 2013. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon speaks with Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor, right.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in the Oval Office, March 1, 2013. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon speaks with Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor, right.

West Wing Week: 03/01/13 or “Hope Springs Eternal”

This week, the President urged Congress to take a responsible approach to deficit reduction instead of the indiscriminate across-the-board spending cuts called the sequester. He also met with the Prime Minister of Japan, America’s Governors, and the country’s only all-black Ranger unit, and unveiled a truly moving monument to Rosa Parks.