7/31/15: White House Press Briefing

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

Leadership and Policy Hackathon

The White House and the Department of Education host a youth leadership development and policy workshop for 100 youth leaders and staff, July 31, 2015.

The President Signs an Extension of the Highway Funding Bill

President Obama delivers remarks before signing a three-month extension of the mass transit and highway funding bill. July 31, 2015

In the motorcade, I ride in what’s referred to as the Spare, i.e. the backup for the President’s vehicle. Which gives me a good vantage point to photograph out the window. The only disadvantage is the glass is bulletproof, which does cut the light and sharpness of the image. This view is from Kenya last weekend. Read my Behind the Lens gallery on Medium: http://go.wh.gov/BehindTheLens. Link also posted in my profile.

President Obama dances in Kenya with his sister Auma and President Kenyatta at the State Dinner in Kenya earlier this week. See my post on Medium: http://go.wh.gov/BehindTheLens. Link also in profile.

West Wing Week: 07/31/15 or, “Jambo Kenya”

Welcome to West Wing Week Dispatches, your guide to the President’s historic trip to East Africa. This week, the President became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Kenya, the first sitting U.S. President to visit Ethiopia, the first sitting U.S. President to address the African Union, and the first sitting U.S. President to visit with a 3.2 million year old Australopithecus. Along the way, the President met with the young people shaping Africa’s bright future, and sat down with the men and women leading these nations today. That’s July 24th to July 29th or “Jambo Kenya.”

7/30/15: White House Press Briefing

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

President Obama just became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. Go behind the lens with @PeteSouza on the President’s trip at go.wh.gov/BehindTheLens.

President Obama receives a hug from Johnsenia Brooks after doing a group photo with the American Legion Girls Nation Auxiliary delegates in the East Room today.

2020 Vision: Addressing AIDS/HIV in America

On Thursday, July 30, the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. President Obama released our first comprehensive national strategy in July 2010, and the Updated Strategy capitalizes on the major scientific and policy advances of the last five years, increases focus on the populations most-affected by HIV in the United States, and sets national prevention, care, and disparities goals for 2020.