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Weekly Wrap Up: “Now is the Time”

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President Obama’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence: On Wednesday, President Obama announced his plan to reduce gun violence and keep our children and communities safe while helping prevent events like Newtown. “For all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.  Let’s do the right thing,” he said. “Let’s do the right thing for them, and for this country that we love so much.”

After the President’s remarks, we debuted our new page for Americans to learn more about the President’s plan and join the conversation with millions across the country. From children’s letters to coverage in national newspapers, see what Americans have been saying about gun violence.

Check out the President’s full remarks and watch the speech here.

Follow @FLOTUS Now: On Thursday, continuing the White House’s strategy of keeping Americans digitally engaged, the White House unveiled First Lady Michelle Obama’s new Twitter handle: @FLOTUS. In less than a day the First Lady compiled 75,000 followers. Follow the First Lady now to receive special photos and updates.

Final Press Conference of First Term: On Monday, President Obama held his final press conference of his first term. During the Administration’s first four years, the President focused on an economy built to last supported by a strong middle class.

In the coming days, be sure to check out for the latest updates on the inauguration as President Obama wraps up his historic first term and lays his vision for the next four years.

We the People Threshold Increased: On Wednesday, the threshold was raised for the online petition system We the People. Due to active engagement, petitions now must receive 100,000 signatures in thirty days to receive an official response from the Administration. In the last two months of 2012, more than 2.4 million new users joined the We the People movement. Top categories covered in 2012 were civil rights, government reform, human rights, the economy and family.

Learn more about the initiative today and make your voice in government heard.