On our last, full day here at the White House, here is the Obama Administration’s 388th — and final — episode of our weekly round-up video, West Wing Week. For 388 weeks in a row, we have produced a zippy, zingy wrap-up of everything the President’s been up to that week, and it has been such fun doing so. Thanks for tuning in, and all the best, from all of us to all of you.
Yesterday, President Obama visited Baton Rouge, Louisiana, meeting with families and first responders affected by the floods. Learn more about the President’s visit and help with the recovery: go.wh.gov/LAflood
The Mentor-in-Chief meets with the summer interns of 2009 and gets as surprise birthday serenade, in this gem from the archive.
This week, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The President welcomed another President – from Mexico, sat down for some candid interviews, and inspired our current class of interns. That’s July 22nd to July 28th or, “You Think I’m Spry Now.”
President Obama celebrating 100 years of our National Parks this weekend.
I hope that the time you’ve spent here has given you a sense that you really can make a difference. You can’t transform the world overnight. It’s frustrating. There are setbacks. Progress is incremental.
And because change is hard, it’s going to be tempting at some point when you’re in the middle of whatever job you’re doing, and things aren’t going exactly the way you want them, and you’ve had some disappointments, to kind of say, ‘you know what? This is all, not worth it, and I just gotta look out for myself.’ The culture sort of pushes you in that direction. But I want you guys to resist it.
You have more capacity, more power in your hands right now, and your prospects for your lives are better right now than they’ve ever been, in the aggregate, on average. And so you’ve got to take advantage of that. That’s because somebody along the way imagined something better, and worked for it, and that’s your job. Ok? Good luck! (Applause)
“We have a narrow window of opportunity to scale up programs, to figure out how the virus is spreading, to stop it, and to develop a vaccine.” Dr. Frieden of the CDC and Dr. Fauci of the NIH explain why Congress needs to pass the President’s emergency funding request to combat the Zika virus. go.wh.gov/zika
This week, the Vice President rounded out his trip overseas with a visit to both the Holy See and the Eternal City — and the First Lady headed to Los Angeles and Missouri. The President bid farewell to the current class of White House interns, hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, honored the teacher of the year & Cinco de Mayo, traveled to Flint, Michigan, and gave his final toast and roast at the annual White House Correspondence Dinner. That’s April 29th to May 5th or…”But Is It?”
Last week we left you in Saudi Arabia, and this week, the President continued his travels abroad. In London, he met with the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and actors bringing Shakespeare to life. In Germany, he witnessed innovation and technology hard at work at the Hannover Messe Fair. And back in Washington, DC, the President hosted the U.S. Naval Academy football team and celebrated Passover. That’s April 22nd to April 28th or, “Let’s Have a Conversation.”
This week, the President commemorated Equal Pay Day by designating a new national monument, hosted smart girls and boys at the 6th White House Science Fair, met with the National Security Council to discuss the counter ISIL effort, and kicked off the Wounded Warrior Ride. That’s April 8th to April 14th or, “I Understand We Have a Live Chicken!”