"We’re constantly looking for new ways to reach new audiences…a lot of Tumblr users are impacted by student debt."

— President Barack Obama at his first-ever Tumblr Q&A on education and college affordability. (via whitehouse)

staff:

David: Now that Sasha is 13 she’s officially old enough to join Tumblr.
President Obama: So…she wasn’t before then? 

staff:

David: Now that Sasha is 13 she’s officially old enough to join Tumblr.

President Obama: So…she wasn’t before then? 

(Source: ambear.co)

reuters:

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate, in a historic rule change, stripped Republicans on Thursday of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees. 

Because its the Executive Branch for a reason.


One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the President’s Secret Service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, “Why was he so interested in talking to you?” She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant,” to which Michelle responded, “No. If I had married him, he would now be the President.”

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the President’s Secret Service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, “Why was he so interested in talking to you?” She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant,” to which Michelle responded, “No. If I had married him, he would now be the President.”

(Source: lvmrsmn, via raebutton)

mothernaturenetwork:

Obama administration comes out against breed-specific legislationThe president responded to a petition to ban such laws, stating that ‘research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective.’

mothernaturenetwork:

Obama administration comes out against breed-specific legislation
The president responded to a petition to ban such laws, stating that ‘research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective.’

After nearly three years, the White House began installing solar panels on the First Family’s residence this week, a White House official confirmed Thursday.

(Haraz N. Ghanbari - AP)

(Haraz N. Ghanbari – AP)

The Obama administration had pledged in October 2010 to put solar panels on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy.

entertainmentweekly:

Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask dogs why they’re black and white.

entertainmentweekly:

Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask dogs why they’re black and white.

(via upworthy)

brooklynmutt:

@FLOTUS
motherjones:

GIF Of The Day

via Mike hayes

motherjones:

GIF Of The Day

via Mike hayes

President Obama Calls Chad Griffin to Congratulate Prop 8 Plaintiffs (by Human Rights Campaign)

I’m crying again.

worldclimatewatch:

The plan consists of a wide variety of executive actions, has three pillars:

1) Cut Carbon Pollution in America -

  • Deploying Clean Energy - Cutting Carbon Pollution from Power Plants; Promoting American Leadership in Renewable Energy; Unlocking Long-Term Investment in Clean Energy Innovation;
  • Building a 21st-Century Transportation Sector - Increasing Fuel Economy Standards; Developing and Deploying Advanced Transportation Technologies;
  • Cutting Energy Waste in Homes, Businesses, and Factories - Reducing Energy Bills for American Families and Businesses
  • Reducing other Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Curbing Emissions of Hydrofluorocarbons; Reducing Methane Emissions; Preserving the Role of Forests in Mitigating Climate Change
  • Leading at the Federal Level - Leading in Clean Energy; Federal Government Leadership in Energy Efficiency;

2) Prepare the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

  • Building Stronger and Safer Communities and Infrastructure - Directing Agencies to Support Climate-Resilient Investment; Establishing a State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness; Supporting Communities as they Prepare for Climate Impacts; Boosting the Resilience of Buildings and Infrastructure; Rebuilding and Learning from Hurricane Sandy;
  • Protecting our Economy and Natural Resources - Identifying Vulnerabilities of Key Sectors to Climate Change; Promoting Resilience in the Health Sector; Promoting Insurance Leadership for Climate Safety; Conserving Land and Water Resources; Maintaining Agricultural Sustainability; Managing Drought; Reducing Wildfire Risks; Preparing for Future Floods; 
  • Using Sound Science to Manage Climate Impacts - Developing Actionable Climate Science; Assessing Climate-Change Impacts in the United States; Launching a Climate Data Initiative; Providing a Toolkit for Climate Resilience 

3) Lead International Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change and Prepare for its Impacts

  • Working with other Countries to Take Action to Address Climate Change - Enhancing Multilateral Engagement with Major Economies; Expanding Bilateral Cooperation with Major Emerging Economies; Combating Short-lived Climate pollutants; Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation; Expanding Clean Energy Use and Cut Energy Waste (Natural Gas, Nuclear Power, Clean Coal, Energy Efficiency); Negotiating Global Free Trade in Environmental Goods and Services; Phasing out Subsidies that Encourage Wasteful Consumption of Fossil Fuels; Leading Global Sector Public Financing Towards Cleaner Energy; Strengthening Global Resilience to Climate Change; Mobilizing Climate Finance
  • Leading Efforts to Address Climate Change through International Negotiations

Read more here.

Overall, the plan was more ambitious than expected. Now we need action.

Breakdown of the Climate Action Plan

"The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical in determining whether the project will go forward"

— President Obama on KeystoneXL (via worldclimatewatch)

Climate Announcement

worldclimatewatch:

President Barack Obama will be making a major announcement on climate change at Georgetown University this Tuesday, June 25, at 1:25 p.m. EDT.

You can watch the speech live at: whitehouse.gov/live>

Now 1:55pm.

smdxn:

Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court

President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules.
In trying to fill the three vacancies on the 11-member United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at once, Mr. Obama will be adopting a more aggressive nomination strategy. He will effectively be daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees.

smdxn:

Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court

President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules.

In trying to fill the three vacancies on the 11-member United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at once, Mr. Obama will be adopting a more aggressive nomination strategy. He will effectively be daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees.