Chicago is where I grew up. It’s where I met my husband. It’s where we started our family and where we began our journey to becoming your First Family, which has been the honor of our lifetimes.
And tomorrow, I’m going back to Chicago to watch Barack deliver his farewell address to you. Continue reading Tomorrow night in Chicago
What #YesWeCan means to you:
“Yes, we can.” Continue reading What #YesWeCan means to you
In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead. Continue reading My Farewell Address
Last Monday night, forty-four years after the people of Delaware first sent me to the United States Senate, I presided over a Senate vote for one of the last times.
As Vice President of the United States and president of the Senate, I served as the presiding officer as the Senate moved forward on the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that will harness America’s best minds in science, medicine, and technology to tackle the biggest health challenges of our time. Continue reading God willing, this bill will save lives
What’s it like to attend a state dinner at the White House? Or see Marine One land on the South Lawn?
From hosting festivals on the South Lawn to allowing people to explore its rooms via Google Street View, President Obama has used both traditional events and new technology to open up the doors of the White House to more Americans than ever before. Continue reading How to see the White House on a dollar bill
That’s right — in the more than six years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, 20 million adults have gained health coverage. Now, for the first time ever, more than 90 percent of Americans have health insurance. Continue reading Got time for a call with the President?
The very first time I saw a 3D printer was on a trip to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore when I was 8 years old. It was printing a phone case from scratch. I was so impressed that my parents enrolled me in a summer camp at a local makerspace where I could learn more about it. Continue reading Meet the President’s newest (kid) advisors
Hanging on a wall outside the Oval Office, there’s a framed letter from a woman named Natoma Canfield.
For years, Natoma did everything right. She bought health insurance and paid her premiums on time. But one day, the fear of so many became her reality: She was diagnosed with cancer. She fought for her health and had been living cancer-free for some time, but her insurance company kept raising her insurance rates, year after year. She needed the coverage, but she couldn’t afford it. So she had to surrender her health plan and live merely on the hope that she would stay healthy. Continue reading The letter the President carried
I’m a 19-year-old studying at Duke University. I’m the same age that my mom was when she made the sacrifice to drop out of college to care for me and my siblings, so that we could have a shot at a better life than she had.
I was born to an alcoholic father and a teenage mother in a rough neighborhood in South Carolina. Growing up in our three-bedroom trailer, I knew that success wasn’t going to come easy for me. Continue reading This Is My Shot
If you tilt your head back to look up into the night sky, and then close your eyes, can you hear the stars? I can.
In college, while studying to be an astrophysicist, I lost my sight from an extended illness. As you can imagine, astronomy and physics are very visual fields of study, so I thought I had lost my ability to continue to study the sciences that inspired me.
At that time there were limited ways that a blind person could do what I do, at the doctoral level, in science. But I was determined to find the means to work as an astrophysicist. So I worked to develop techniques in sonification, or how we translate data into sound signals. Suddenly, it was possible to detect subtle changes in data patterns, simply by listening to them. I was able to hear patterns that couldn’t be noticed otherwise, like in the electromagnetic waves emitted by stars. Continue reading Can you hear the stars?