“Otagai no tame ni: With and for Each Other”

Yesterday, President Obama and the First Lady welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese First Lady Akie Abe to the White House.

After the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn, President Obama and Prime Minister Abe met to talk about trade, investment, and international security. During a joint press conference in the Rose Garden, the two leaders also announced that they would continue to work together to fight climate change.

Watch the arrival ceremony and the full press conference, and see more highlights from the Prime Minister’s visit.

President Obama welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

President Obama on Freddie Gray’s Death: “This Is Not New, and We Shouldn’t Pretend that It’s New”

While speaking in the Rose Garden yesterday, President Obama shared his thoughts on the recent protests following the death of Freddie Gray — a 25-year-old Baltimore native who died while in police custody. The President noted that the events in Baltimore called attention to the urgent need throughout the country to build trust between communities and their police.


President Obama on Why Transparency Matters in Securing the Most Progressive Trade Deal in History

The TPP gives us the greatest opportunity to level the playing field for American businesses and their employees. That’s why the President has taken important steps to include new voices in the trade discussion and increase the transparency of our trade negotiations. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the President laid out what the public can expect to see before he signs an agreement and before any vote is taken in Congress.


America’s Response to the Earthquake in Nepal: What We Can Do to Help

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the heart of Nepal on April 25. It toppled communities, severely cut off access to food and water, and caused tens of thousands of people to take shelter in makeshift camps. Find out how you can help make a difference and assist us in spreading the word.