It was a busy week at the White House. This week, we got hyped up for next Tuesday's White House Science Fair; the Bidens traveled to Romania and Cyprus; the President took an unexpected walk over to the Department of the Interior; a new National Monument was designated; and the President talked baseball and tourism in Cooperstown. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
Robots, marshmallow cannons, and Bill Nye: These are just some of the things that we love about the White House Science Fair. Next Tuesday, students from across the country will head to the White House to put their projects on display. You're going to want to tune in.
The Bidens touched down in Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday -- their first stop on a three-day visit to Romania and Cyprus. In Bucharest, Vice President Biden underscored the United States’ commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5, and expressed appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security. He also discussed the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilizing actions in Ukraine.
Upon arriving in Cyprus, the Vice President reiterated the United States' commitment to Cyprus: “I wanted to come primarily to underscore the value the United States attaches to our growing cooperation with Cyprus. This relationship is now a genuine strategic partnership and it holds even greater promise.”
The President needed to head over to the Department of the Interior on Wednesday to dedicate a new National Monument. But instead of riding over in a motorcade, he decided to take a walk. Along the way, he chatted with all sorts of folks -- tourists, joggers, and others who probably weren't expecting to run into the President of the United States.
The President designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument at the Department of the Interior on Wednesday. In the President's remarks, he illustrated not only the importance of preserving the beauty of these lands, but the history as well.
In 2012, national parks generated more than $50 billion for local communities and supported almost 1 million jobs. Our national parks protect our history for future generations, fuel economic growth, and preserve the beauty of our most precious lands.
"The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is the second national monument I’ve designated this year, the 11th overall," the President said. "I’ve preserved more than 3 million acres of public lands for future generations. And I am not finished."
Yesterday, President Obama became the first sitting President in U.S. history to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. After soaking in some baseball history at the Hall, he talked about the impact that travel and tourism have on our country.
"The fact that people come from all over the world to see our parks, to see our monuments, is something we should take great pride in as Americans," he said. "And it's good for our economy." How good? Since 2010, America's travel and tourism industry has added nearly 580,000 jobs.