A Historic Trip to Asia

The White House

Since taking office, President Obama has noted that the United States is a Pacific nation — and that Asia will play an increasingly important role in the future of world events. On a historic trip, his fifth to the region, President Obama is making the first-ever visit by a U.S. President to Burma and Cambodia.

Before the trip, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes put together a video to give us an overview of President Obama’s trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia.

Watch the video to find out more about the President’s trip to Asia.

The President's Trip to Asia

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The first nation on the itinerary for President Obama’s Asia trip is Thailand — America’s oldest friend on the continent, with diplomatic ties stretching back nearly 180 years.

Weekly Address: Working Together to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts
In this week’s address, President Obama urges Congress to act now on one thing that everyone agrees on — ensuring that taxes don’t go up on 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of small businesses at the end of the year.

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Voters sent a clear message to Republicans in the election: we must stand up for the middle class and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share.

It’s critical that we stand with President Obama in this fight. Will you add your name in support of ending reckless tax cuts for the rich before Congress returns to work next week?

Help us reach 100,000 strong backing up President Obama’s call to end the Bush Tax Cuts for the top two percent >>

Add your name right now to tell House Republicans to pass the middle class tax cuts right away.


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Three people you should listen to

The White House, Washington

  Hello –The conversations happening right now in Washington are going to set a course for the middle classin this country for years to come.And that’s a discussion that you should be part of.

Unless our leaders can come up with a solution, 98 percent of American families are looking at a tax increase — with a typical family of four paying $2,000 more starting on January 1.

So it’s time for you to step up. We know from experience that when real people come together to speak with one voice, their perspective becomes impossible to ignore.

Here are three Americans who have taken that first step.

Listen to them, then keep the conversation going by telling us why you think it’s important to keep taxes from going up on the middle class.

Video: Watch these Americans speak out

Right now, there’s reason to be hopeful. This has the potential to be one of those moments in our politics when lawmakers from both parties come together to do what’s best for the country.

You know where President Obama stands when it comes to tackling our nation’s deficits. He’s committed to doing it in a balanced way, but not at the expense of the middle class. Time and time again, he’s argued that we have to combine spending cuts with asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.

And leaders ranging from the heads of labor unions to the CEO of Walmart are saying that it doesn’t make sense to drag this out and leave the middle class uncertain about what they’ll be asked to pay in taxes.

If that’s a position that you agree with, then we’re asking you to make a statement of your own.

I can tell you that no one makes that argument better than real people who have to wrestle with paying bills and juggling family responsibilities every day.

It’s on you to add your voice and bring your friends and neighbors into the debate.

Watch this video, then tell us what you think:




David Plouffe
Senior Advisor
White House

First Lady Honors National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Recipients.


Twelve exemplary after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities program are honored by FIrst Lady Michelle Obama as recipients of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. November 19, 2012.