White House Week


This week, President Obama welcomed the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to the White House. It is the first bilateral summit between the two heads of state. Watch the press conference of their meeting below.

President Obama also welcome the 2013 MLS Champs Sporting KC to the White House. You can read the President's full remarks here.

President Barack Obama greets the players and staff of Sporting Kansas City prior to an event to welcome the team and honor their victory in the 2013 MLS Cup Championship, in the Blue Room of the White House, Oct. 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, a prestigious program dedicated to giving the nation’s most promising leaders insight into the inner workings of the federal government. The inception of the White House Fellows program came at a tumultuous moment in American history, when the disconnect between government and the nation’s youth was growing.

Prominent civic leaders like John Gardner, then President of the Carnegie Corporation, took notice of this widening gulf and sought an opportunity to engage young Americans in meaningful civic participation. Fueled by the crisis at the time, Gardner proposed an experiment in leadership development that would eventually become the basis of President Lyndon Johnson’s establishment of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships by Executive Order 11183.

The ambitious plan hoped to ensure that future generations of Americans could rely upon the leadership of “a reservoir of able men and women with more than ordinary comprehension of government and more than ordinary willingness to serve.” To find out more about this great program click here.

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