This is historical material “frozen in time”. The website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work.

Search form

Weekly Wrap Up: A Moment of Opportunity

Your quick look at the week that was at

 Your quick look at the week of May 16th to May 20th on

President Obama Surprises Students at Booker T. Washington

President Barack Obama surprises Booker T. Washington students before their commencement ceremony at Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn., May 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Graduation Season: This week, the President and First Lady spoke at commencements around the country. President Obama addressed graduating seniors at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN -- the winners of the 2011 Commencement Challenge. The First Lady spoke at Spelman College in Atlanta and delivered a historic address to graduating Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Moment of Opportunity: President Obama laid out his vision for a new chapter in American diplomacy as calls for reform and democracy spread across the Middle East and North Africa. After the speech, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes answered questions from all over the world via Twitter.

Do You Know Someone Like This?: Nominate an everyday hero for the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal. 

Huskies at the White House: President Obama honored the NCAA champions the UConn Huskies in a ceremony at the White House. Watch a video of the team's basketball clinic with local kids.

My.FCC: FCC announced the development of a fully-customizable platform for Learn more about the new site, still in a prototype phase, in a video from FCC Managing Director Steven VanRoekel.

West Wing Week: "The Commencement at Booker T"

On Twitter@RayLaHood: DOT fostering transportation options; bicycling deserves seat at the grown-up table. #b2wd Follow @RayLaHood on Twitter.

King Abdullah of JordanPresident Obama met with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office to discuss Libya, Israel and Palestine and change in the Middle East.

Winding the Future: The world's largest commercial wind blade testing facility opened in Boston, MA.

Expanding Trade, Supporting Jobs: The United States hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meetings for the first time since 1993 in Big Sky, MT.

Number Crunchers: Hundreds of apps and two years later, continues to give citizens more information about the government to the public.

Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness on the economic benefits of immigration reform.

One Tweet at a Time: Senior Advisor to the President David Plouffe on getting in touch with the American public.