West Wing Week: 12/02/11 or "Bo Meets Bo"

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Narrator: Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's
happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This week, as the President urged Republicans to join a
Democratic effort to prevent a thousand dollar tax increase in
the typical American family, the White House got spruced up for
the holidays; the President also hosted the EU Summit with the
Dutch Prime Minister; and announced a new commitment to
fighting AIDS in America and around the world;
he also lit the National Christmas Tree.
That's November 25th to December 1st or "Bo Meets Bo!"
The weekend after Thanksgiving, the White House was abuzz with
activity from the National Christmas Tree to the East Room
with hundreds of volunteers working to spruce up the White
House for the holiday season.
Meanwhile, the President's week began with Secretary Clinton and
European Union leaders joining him at the White House for the
EU Summit.
The meeting of the leaders of the world's two largest
economies, half of the global GDP and one-third of world trade
put tackling the Eurozone crisis at the top of the
meeting agenda.
The President: -- to try to resolve this crisis.
I communicated to them that the United States stands ready to do
our part to help them resolve this issue.
This is of huge importance to our own economy.
Josè Manuel Barroso: Europe is going through rough times, yes, but we
are determined to overcome the current difficulties.
Narrator: On Tuesday, the President continued to work alongside
his European counterparts, this time meeting with the
Dutch Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Rutte: I came to the United States basically to discuss three
issues: Jobs, jobs and jobs.
The President: Those are good issues to discuss.
Prime Minister Rutte: These are the main issues at the moment.
Narrator: On Wednesday, the President traveled to Scranton,
Pennsylvania, and sat down for some table talk with the
Festa family at their home.
Then delivered remarks at Scranton High School urging
Congress to act to extend and expand the payroll tax cut that
would give 160 million working families on average
a $1,500 tax cut next year and prevent a thousand
dollar tax increase.
The President: Send your senators a message.
Tell them, don't be a Grinch!
Don't be a Grinch!
Don't vote to raise taxes on working Americans during
the holidays!
Make sure to renew unemployment insurance during the holidays!
(cheers and applause)
Stop saying no to steps that would make our economy stronger!
Narrator: Back at the White House, the First Lady kicked off the
holiday season honoring military families and unveiling the White
House holiday theme: "Shine * Give * Share."
First Lady: This will be such a wonderful memory for so many people and
that's why it's so special for us.
I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make
this house so beautiful.
And I want to thank all of the troops, all of our veterans,
all of our military families whose service and sacrifice
inspires us all.
Narrator: Thursday marked World AIDS Day and the President seized the
occasion to speak on efforts to end AIDS at a ONE Campaign event
at George Washington University.
The President: Back in those early years few could have imagined this day.
That we would be looking ahead to the beginning of the end.
Few could have imagined that we'd be talking about the real
possibility of an AIDS-free generation.
But that's what we're talking about.
That's why we're here.
We just have to keep at it...
steady, persistent, today, tomorrow, every day,
until we get to zero.
And as long as I have the honor of being your President,
that's what this Administration is going to keep doing.
That's my pledge.
That's my commitment to all of you.
Narrator: Then the First Family made their way to the big stage for the
89th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and
Celebration, alongside such luminaries as Kermit the Frog,
Carson Daly, and Santa Claus.
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To find out more information on any of these topics or to see
complete videos of these events, go to WhiteHouse.gov.
And thanks again for checking out your West Wing Week!
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