West Wing Week 10/2/2015 or “Make It Matter”

This Week, The President welcomed President Xi of China to the White House, and traveled to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama participated in the naming of a Panda at the National Zoo and launched a campaign to ensure girls, worldwide, have access to education.

President Obama answers a question during a news conference happening now. iPhone.

Just a really sad day. The President reacts in exasperation while glancing at cable tv coverage of the mass shooting in Oregon today. Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco had just updated him on the situation. “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does not convey the heartache and anger we feel.” — President Obama, during his remarks in the White House press briefing room.

The President Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in Oregon

President Obama delivers a statement on the shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. October 1, 2015.

10/1/15: White House Press Briefing

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

“Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by myself. I’ve got to have a Congress and I’ve got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this. I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as President to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. But based on my experience as President, I can’t guarantee that. And that’s terrible to say. And it can change. May God bless the memories of those who were killed today. May He bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they fight their way back. And may He give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change.” —President Obama on the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon #UCCShooting

President Obama kisses Wynetta Beamer, grandmother of SPC Heidi Sanders, directly behind the President, during a greet with wounded warriors and their families during their tour of the White House yesterday.

President Obama with Ukraine President Poroshenko earlier this week in NYC. A new podcast that I did with HashtaggedPodcast has just been released. Link: hashtaggedpodcast.com/petesouza @hashtaggedpodcast