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White House Office of Public Engagement Weekly Update – September 2, 2011


White House Office of Public Engagement Weekly Update
Good afternoon,
The White House Office of Public Engagement has a number of important announcements and updates to share with you this week.
The President is scheduled to present his Jobs Plan to Congress on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00pm EDT. Please visit www.whitehouse.gov for information about how you can engage with the White House around this pivotal speech.
This week the White House unveiled an exciting new way to directly engage with the Administration called We the People. This dynamic tool will offer a new way to submit an online petition on a range of issues — and get an official response. Sign up for an email alert and be the first to know when the program launches.
Watch the how-to video here.
On Wednesday morning President Obama, surrounded by members of the transportation industry, addressed the pressing issue of the impending expiration of the nation’s surface transportation program. At the end of September, if Congress doesn’t act, the law will expire and projects will shut down. The President acknowledged that failure to renew this program will result in lost jobs and money – all while Washington is talking about creating jobs and Americans are calling to return to work. President Obama urged Congress not only to move forward with existing transportation projects, but also to invest in the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
Earlier this week, continued efforts to improve the Administration’s effort to create jobs and promote economic growth, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Alan B. Krueger  as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Dr. Krueger will bring decades of experience, including serving as chief economist at the Treasury Department, and a wealth of knowledge to the challenge of creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Following his confirmation, President Obama will designate Dr. Krueger as Chairman of CEA.

Speaking before the American Legion National Convention this Tuesday in Minneapolis, the President said that America’s military is the best it’s ever been, and highlighted the ways in which this new generation has changed the way America fights and wins our wars. President Obama saluted the extraordinary decade of military service by the 9/11 generation. More than five million men and women voluntarily joined the armed forces over the past ten years. He also paid special tribute to the more than 6,200 Americans who have given their lives in this hard decade of war.

Veterans listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the American Legion 93rd Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aug. 30, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Over the last week, the President praised the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, state and local officials, and the many volunteer organizations who worked tirelessly over the past several days on response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irene along the East Coast. Moving forward, he said that FEMA will continue to work with state and local responders to assess damage and assist in the recovery.
Don’t forget to check out this week’s two West Wing Week videos, your guide to everything that happens at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, “Goodnight, Irene” and “Dispatches from Asia.”
White House Champions of Change Program
The Champions of Change series is designed for people to look into their communities and nominate everyday heroes who are demonstrating commitment to improving their own communities, their country, or their fellow citizens. That is why we are looking for you to nominate someone who is doing extraordinary things to make a difference in your community as a “Champion of Change.” This week’s Champions focus on suicide prevention.
Suicide takes the lives of nearly 34,000 Americans every year. These Champions of Change are working to lower that statistic, to combat bullying in schools and sports, to provide resources for communities, and to educate individuals and groups across the country. These organizations have saved the lives of countless individuals through their programs and efforts. Take a moment to learn more about these Champions of Change Series or nominate Champion in your own community.
Blog Highlights

Small Business Summit in South Carolina

August 31, 2011
Over 400 small and minority business entrepreneurs participated in a Department of Energy small business procurement summit in Orangeburg, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. I had the pleasure of speaking at the event together with DOE Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Congressman James Clyburn, and SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns. This was part of a series of high-level events that the White House asked all Federal agencies to conduct. Since March, over 20 Cabinet and Senate-confirmed officials and 7,000 small business owners have participated in 19 small business matchmaking events around the country.

President Obama on the Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

August 29, 2011
Today, as cities and towns along the East Coast begin to recover from the destructive power of Hurricane Irene, we also reflect on the six year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Both storms remind us of the need to take precautions and be prepared before disasters strike. Ready.gov and Listo.gov are resources with easy-to-follow steps on how to plan ahead for disasters that might affect your area.

Hearing from Nevada’s Small Businesses

August 29, 2011
Last week, Elizabeth Echols convened a White House Business Council roundtable in Fernley, Nevada. White House Business Council roundtables are an opportunity for Council members to hear directly from business leaders around the country about their ideas for how we can continue to grow the economy, put Americans back to work, and win the future.  Just as importantly, it’s a chance to provide information to local business leaders about Administration programs and resources available to support their growth and success.

Weekly Address: Coming Together to Remember

August 27, 2011

President Obama pays tribute to the first responders, those who have served, and those who lost their lives ten years ago in the September 11th attacks. Visit Serve.gov for ways to commemorate the solemn anniversary in your community.
August 26, 2011
Lately, there has been a great deal of inaccurate information about the Obama Administration’s record on regulations. In order to clear up the facts, particularly in view of a letter sent by Speaker Boehner to the President recently, please take a look at this blog post by Cass Sunstein.
August 26, 2011
As we commemorate Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it is fitting to celebrate the many strides our Nation has made towards equality over the past 91 years. The rights, freedoms, and welfare of women and girls has been a priority of the Obama Administration from day one. From creating the White House Council on Women and Girls, to appointing a strong team of women leaders to his Cabinet and White House staff, President Obama has ushered in a new era of leadership.
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