Yesterday, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame, passed away at age 97. President Obama released a statement last night commemorating his life. Many years ago Rev. Hesburgh gave President Obama this signed photo of himself and Martin Luther King, Jr. The photo hangs in the hallway between the Oval Office and the President’s private dining room. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asked me if I could photograph the picture, so I came in this morning while the West Wing was still quiet to show the placement of the photograph in relation to the Oval Office before any lights had been turned on for tour groups.

Weekly Address: Ensuring Hard-Working Americans Retire with Dignity

In this week’s address, the President reiterated his commitment to middle-class economics, and to ensuring that all hard-working Americans get the secure and dignified retirement they deserve.

President Obama Speaks at the Departure Ceremony of Attorney General Eric Holder

On February 27, 2015, President Obama delivered remarks at Attorney General Eric Holder’s departure ceremony at the U.S. Department of Justice.

2/27/15: White House Press Briefing

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

“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for ‘Live long and prosper.’ And after 83 years on this planet—and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.” —President Obama

President Obama Meets with President Sirleaf of Liberia

President Obama and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia give remarks to the press before their bilateral meeting at the White House, February 27, 2015.

“I know you’re going to do great things.” —President Obama to mentee Noah McQueen. Listen to their conversation with @NPR​’s StoryCorps at go.wh.gov/storycorps. #MyBrothersKeeper

West Wing Week: 02/26/2015 or, “’Where Are My Hawaiians?’”

This week, the President hosted civil rights and consumer protection advocates, filmed a Let’s Move sketch with the First Lady, sat down for a heart- to-heart with a White House mentee, held an immigration town hall in Florida, and honored Black History Month at the White House. That’s February 20th to 26th or, “Where Are My Hawaiians?”

Extended Cut: President Obama’s StoryCorps Interview

President Obama sat down for a heart-to-heart with White House mentee Noah McQueen, 18, who was helped by the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. The interview was facilitated by StoryCorps. Listen to their story here: http://www.npr.org/2015/02/27/389306826/obama-to-ambitious-teen-you-have-this-strength-inside-yourself

This video is an extended cut of StoryCorps’s conversation, slightly edited for clarity.

Feb. 27, 2015 "Chuck Kennedy captured this scene at dusk as the President entered the Outer Oval Office with Shaun Donovan."

Feb. 27, 2015
"Chuck Kennedy captured this scene at dusk as the President entered the Outer Oval Office with Shaun Donovan."