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The White House
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WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Creating opportunity for all


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WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Creating opportunity for all

WASHINGTON, DC – In this week's message, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement Julie Rodriguez discussed the themes from the President's State of the Union Address. The President believes in opportunity for all and the idea that if you work hard, you should have a chance to get ahead. The President will work tirelessly to build an economy that works for everyone. 

The audio of the address and video of the message is available online HERE.

Remarks of Julie Rodriguez

Weekly Video Message

The White House

February 8, 2014

Hi, everybody.  In his State of the Union Address, the President talked about the idea of opportunity for all. 

The idea of opportunity is at the heart of this country – that no matter who you are or how you started out, if you hard work and are responsible, you can get ahead.

Although our economy has been growing for four years, and those at the top are doing better than ever. Man people are working harder than ever just to get by.

We need to build an economy that works for everyone, not just a fortunate few.  And the agenda that the President presented last week to provide opportunities will help us achieve this goal.

It’s an agenda of four parts.  Number one: more new jobs.  Number two: train works so they can acquire  the skills to fill those jobs.  Number three: guarantee that every child has access to a world-class education.  And number four: make sure that hard work pays off, with wages people can live on, savings people can retire on, and health insurance that’s there when it is need. . 

Earlier this week the President visited Wisconsin where he ordered a reform of our training programs to train people  with the skills employers need.

In Pittsburgh, the President  created “my-RA,” a new way for working Americans, even if they are  not wealthy, to start your own retirement savings.

The Administration is committed in reducing inequality in access to higher education – and is helping every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus. We have also rallied the leaders of some of America’s biggest tech companies so they can help us make sure all our kids have access to high-speed internet and up-to-date technology to help them learn the skills they need for the new economy.

And as a result of the ACA more than 10 million uninsured Latinos now have new opportunities for health coverage and almost one million young Latino adults under 26 can now be covered under their parent’s plan.

The President gathered  at the White House business leaders who’ve committed in  helping more unemployed Americans find work, no matter how long they’ve been looking. 

The President will  keep asking students and parents and business leaders to help – because there are millions of people  who are tired of stale political arguments and are determined to restore the founding vision of opportunity for all.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.