On Thursday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama addressed bipartisan mayors at the White House to highlight ways mayors are helping to make President Obama's agenda a reality in cities across the country. Throughout the week, the mayors met with Administration and Cabinet officials to discuss ways to build on that progress, on issues from trade and manufacturing to education and paid leave.
The President highlighted yesterday’s announcement that the administration will award 13 cities, states and counties $1 billion to help build more climate resilient communities. Learn more about the initiative here.
He also focused on some of the progress made across the country on issues such as:
"Mayors can’t get stuck in partisan gridlock. We’ve got Republican mayors here and Democratic mayors, but frankly, if you’re a mayor, nobody cares what your party is, they care what you’re getting done." --President Obama
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
In First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks, she commended mayors from across the country on their work to end veteran homelessness.
From small cities like Biloxi, Mississippi to big cities like New Orleans, Louisiana, First Lady Obama congratulated and thanked mayors for achieving the goal of preventing and ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. For those still working to accomplish the goal, the First Lady encouraged them to keep moving forward and called on additional mayors and local leaders to take on the cause and move our country forward together.
“I’m not just here today to celebrate the extraordinary cities and mayors who’ve met the goal we set nearly two years ago. I’m also here to celebrate every city that still has work to do, but has refused to give up and has committed to trying even harder.” --First Lady Michelle Obama
Danielle Cohen and Simone Leiro are interns in the Office of Digital Strategy