This week, the President announced a new executive order that will allow America to lead on climate, traveled to Ohio to answer a few questions at The City Club of Cleveland, hosted the the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and celebrated St. Patrick's day with the Prime Minister of Ireland. The First Lady also had a busy week, heading to Japan and Cambodia to launch key partnerships for the Let Girls Learn initiative.
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.
President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday that will help us cut greenhouse gas emissions and set a bold example to other nations. This week’s order positions the federal government to cut their carbon pollution emissions by 40% over 10 years. This would save taxpayers up to $18 billion in energy costs and increase the share of electricity the federal government uses from renewable sources to 30%.
On Wednesday, President Obama traveled to Ohio to tour the Manufacturing and Growth Network's (MAGNET) Innovation Center at Cleveland State University and to take questions from The City Club of Cleveland. The President spoke about the House Republicans' proposed budget and how it would fail to move America forward. "I’m offering a different path," the President said. "The budget I've put forward is built on middle-class economics."
The First Lady departed the White House on Tuesday en route to Japan and Cambodia for a week-long trip centered around her new Let Girls Learn initiative. For the First Lady, this visit is part of a journey that began decades ago -- a journey focused on education, equality, and empowerment. You can follow the First Lady’s trip on social media and by reading her travel journal.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met with President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Oval Office on Thursday. The mid-afternoon meeting underscored the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and is part of the Prince and Duchess’ four-day visit to Washington, D.C.
On Monday, President Obama brought the Irish spirit to the White House in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. In an Oval Office meeting, President Obama congratulated Prime Minister Enda Kenny on the economic progress made in Ireland over the last several years. The President also recognized the tremendous investments made by both American and Irish companies that continue to improve our economy through trade. In celebration of St. Patrick's day, the Prime Minister gave the President a pot o' shamrocks and the White House turned its fountain green.
President O'bama is ready for St. Patrick's Day. pic.twitter.com/ngf50W4Ntu— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 17, 2015
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