Honoring the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day


In this week’s address, the President honored the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. On this occasion, we commemorate the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. It is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who decades ago served and sacrificed for the cause of freedom. This was the generation that, by ending the war, literally saved the world, laying a foundation for peace.

The President asked that in addition to commemorating this important anniversary, we honor the men and women in uniform who currently serve our country, and recommit ourselves to the values we share with our allies in Europe and beyond: freedom, security, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law around the world.

Watch the President’s Weekly Address here.

Watch the President's address here.

P.S. — Make sure to see the President’s exchange with World War II veteran Ernest Lovato, who served in the Army Air Corps’ 100th Bombardment Group.

The President hikes with his family in Maine.

President Barack Obama and his family hike on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park in Maine, July 16, 2010.

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From Community College to the White House: Meet These Three Staffers

From students just out of high school to those returning to the classroom for more training or a career change, community college students make up 40 percent of the Americans enrolled in higher education.

Here at the White House, we understand the impact that community colleges are having on students throughout the country. On National College Signing Day, three White House staffers shared their story of attending community college and credited their schools with helping them reach their full potential.

Listen to the stories of these three staffers.

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“We’ve Got to Learn the Right Lessons”

Yesterday, the President dropped by Nike headquarters in Oregon to talk about the impact his trade deal — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — will have on American businesses, large and small.

President Obama talks about trade at Nike

Manufacturing and exports help drive the success of our businesses and the financial security of our workers. Companies that export their goods and services pay their employees up to 18 percent more, and are more able to expand and hire.

In fact, Nike announced that the President’s trade deal, if secured, could lead to the creation of up to 10,000 advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs — and up to 40,000 indirect supply chain and services jobs — here in the U.S. over the next decade.

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To see more from the past week, watch the latest edition of West Wing Week here.