White House Recap July 11-17, 2011: President Obama Addresses the Deficit

WHITE HOUSE RECAP

Source: WH, 7-15-11

Compromise isn’t a dirty word: To a group of young Americans of different political persuasions, President Obama spoke candidly the importance of compromise in our democracy.

President Obama on deficit negotiations: On Monday and Friday, President Obama held news conferences on the status of efforts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction.

First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Funeral for Former First Lady Betty Ford

First Lady Michelle Obama attends the funeral for former First Lady Betty Ford at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif., July 12, 2011. Standing with Mrs. Obama, from left, are: former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President George W. Bush, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Remembering Betty Ford: First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the life of former First Lady Betty Ford at a historic gathering at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California.

At One Year: An update on the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

West Wing Week: In “Our Heroes Are All Around Us” Check out behind-the-scenes footage from the Medal of Honor ceremony, and more.

Open for Questions: This week, the White House hosted two live chats: one on efforts to improve federal websites, and the other on disability policy.

SAVE Award: The 3rd annual SAVE Award launched on Thursday — a contest for federal employees to submit ideas on how to cut waste, save tax payer dollars, and make government more effective and efficient.

Medal of Honor: Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry was only the second living person to receive the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Government, watch the ceremony.

Sparking Growth: The Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) launched a pilot program in six cities where federal staffers partner with local decision makers in six cities.

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