This week, President Obama traveled around the country and made the case that “We can’t wait,” highlighting executive actions that the Administration will take without help from Republicans in Congress. On Monday, in Las Vegas, the President discussed a set of steps announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to make it easier for some homeowners to refinance their mortgages. On Tuesday, President Obama called for a new Returning Heroes Tax Credit that would help veterans who are unemployed or have service-connected disabilities get back to work. On Wednesday, from the University of Colorado, the President announced new efforts to make college more affordable by helping millions of borrowers better manage their federal student loan debt. And on Friday, the President signed two executive memorandums: one that would shorten the time it takes for companies to commercialize federal research, and another to launch BusinessUSA -- a website that will make it easier for companies to learn about federal resources for business and exports -- in early 2012. Also this week, the President marked the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights – celebrated by millions of people across the world.
The Office of Public Engagement launched the new Engage page, a one-stop-shop for all the ways you can engage with the White House online. This website features upcoming engagement opportunities, the latest news on White House policies and programs, links to community pages, and much more. Check it out, and let us know what you think!
We also encourage you to visit the Citizens Medal website, where you can watch videos from the ceremony and learn more about the work of the 13 honorees, and to read our "Behind the Scenes" blog post on the event. Finally, be sure to visit the new Economy page, which highlights the President's initiatives to create jobs and provide security for the middle class.
For more information about ways to get involved, check out the Office of Public Engagement’s Engage webpage and our list of upcoming engagement opportunities, or email Public@who.eop.gov. Also check out Serve.gov for more opportunities to participate in service.
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Anne Filipic and Stephanie Valencia are the Deputy Directors of the Office of Public Engagement.