White House Week

5.7.14

In the latest installment of Being Biden, the Vice President reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Listen to the new episode here.

The President made a visit to 1776, a tech startup incubator in D.C. that supports entrepreneurs tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, and other critical industries. The President’s visit coincided with the June jobs report, which shows the supporting role that startups and new businesses are playing in the American economy.

1776 was an outgrowth of the President’s Startup America Initiative to encourage and promote entrepreneurship. During the visit, the President had the chance to meet some amazing entrepreneurs.

As he said, places like 1776 are helping Americans “coming from a wide range of backgrounds -- we had former Army Rangers; we had lawyers; we had former HR folks, transportation experts, engineers -- all of them had the kind of energy and drive and creativity and innovation that has been the hallmark of the American economy.”

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Dr Biden was in Lusaka, Zambia this week her first stop on a three-country visit to Africa. Dr. Biden is joined by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues.

Dr. Biden’s trip to Africa will highlight the importance of girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society in accelerating economic development; improving health and educational outcomes; strengthening democratic governance; and fostering peace and security.

Upon arrival, Dr. Biden met with Zambia’s Second Lady, Dr. Charlotte Harland Scott, to discuss the major issues affecting women in the country, with particular attention to education, gender-based violence, health, and economic empowerment. They were joined by government officials to discuss activities that the local ministries are carrying out to empower women and girls.

After that, Dr. Biden visited the Shalom Community School and delivered remarks to underscore U.S. programs and priorities in education, health, and women’s empowerment. As Dr. Biden said, “The United States is committed to making sure girls and young women have the tools they need to not just survive – but to thrive in their communities."

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