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White House Women’s Update: Helping Our Neighbors In Need

Friday, May 24, 2013  
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Friends,

This week, President Obama responded to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. He is scheduled to travel to the Oklahoma City area on Sunday, May 26th and continues to receive updates and provide all available resources to support state and local partners. Please click here for more information on how you can help those affected.

Earlier this week, the President announced his intent to nominate Katherine Archuleta as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Along with Vice President Biden, Valerie Jarrett, and Cecilia Munoz, President Obama met with young immigrants, also known as DREAMers, as well as with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants in the Oval Office. The meeting was an important opportunity for them to hear directly from people whose families are impacted by our nation’s broken immigration system.

Also this week, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a concert in the East Room honoring singer-songwriter Carole King, the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The President also announced that he will award a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut to travel to space.

As the President said, "We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women.” You can read the President’s full statement below.

Best wishes to all for a safe Memorial Day Weekend with friends and family. We extend our deepest thanks to all of you who serve, or have friends and family who serve in our armed forces. Thank you so much for all that you do, each and every day, for our country.

The Council on Women & Girls

President Obama Responds to the Tornadoes in Oklahoma

President Obama continues to receive updates on the response to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, and continues to direct his team to provide all available resources to support state and local partners leading the response.

More than 400 federal personnel remain on the ground in the impacted area, including teams that are working directly with families and individuals who were affected by the tornadoes. As of last night, more than 2,200 individuals impacted by the tornadoes had registered with FEMA for direct assistance available through the major disaster declaration provided Monday night. (For those in affected areas, find out how to apply for assistance here or learn about other resources available to you)

According to FEMA, since Monday night, the national Urban Search and Rescue teams completed searches of more than 1,200 structures in the affected area.

FEMA and federal partners have established an Incident Support Base to stage commodities. More than 127,000 liters of water and nearly 30,000 meals have been delivered to the state to support response efforts.

Please click here to learn more.

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Katherine Archuleta as Director of the Office of Personnel Management

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Katherine Archuleta as Director of the Office of Personnel Management:

"Katherine brings to the Office of Personnel Management broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people. I am grateful Katherine has agreed to serve, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years.”

You can learn more about Katherine here.

Aspiring Americans Share their Stories as Senate Debates Immigration Reform

The President and Vice President hosted a meeting in the Oval Office with young immigrants, also known as DREAMers, as well as with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants. The meeting was an important opportunity for the President and the Vice President to hear directly from people whose families are affected daily by our nation’s broken immigration system.

The President and the Vice President were moved by the stories of courage and determination these young immigrants shared. The DREAMers shared how the deferred action changed their lives for the better and emphasized that they and their families need a permanent solution that will allow them to fully contribute to the country they call home. Their stories were both powerful and authentic, inspiring us all to remember the important task and responsibility we carry as public servants and members of the Obama administration.

Please click here to read more.

President Obama Honors Carol King

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a concert in the East Room honoring singer-songwriter Carole King, the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. You can view the full video here and read the President’s remarks here.

President Obama Announces Sally Ride as a Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama announced he will award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut to travel to space. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

President Obama said, "We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women. Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve, and I look forward to welcoming her family to the White House as we celebrate her life and legacy.”

You can read the full announcement here.

In addition, on Monday night, NASA paid tribute to Ride by creating a new agency internship program in her name and renaming a science instrument aboard the International Space Station. The announcement was made by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden during a national tribute called, "Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy," at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.


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