West Wing Week 09/23/11 or "It's Math"

Uploaded by whitehouse on 22.09.2011

♪♪ (Drum and Bugle Corps) ♪♪
Narrator: Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's
happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
This week, the President signed the America Invents Act;
spoke about his comments and deficit reduction proposal;
traveled to New York City to meet with world leaders and
address the United Nations General Assembly;
before visiting Cincinnati to urge Congress to pass the
"American Jobs Act."
It's September 16th to September 22nd or "It's Math!"
The President: This is not class warfare; it's math.
If we're not willing to ask those who have done
extraordinarily well to help America close the deficit,
and we are trying to reach that same target of $4 trillion,
then the logic, the math says everybody else has
to do a whole lot more!
Narrator: On Friday, September 16th, President Obama signed historic
patent reform legislation, the "America Invents Act,"
at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and
Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Bill invests in America's future by streamlining the
patent process, allowing startups and small business
owners to turn their innovative ideas into
products more quickly.
Before signing, the President toured a classroom and met with
student inventors, including Rebecca Hyndman.
The President: Over the last decade, patent applications have nearly tripled
and because the patent office doesn't have the resources to
deal with all of them, right now there are about 700,000
applications that haven't even been opened yet.
Now these are jobs and businesses of the future
just waiting to be created.
And today I'm happy to have the opportunity to finally
sign that bill.
So this Bill answers the urgent need to create jobs right away,
but as I said, we can't stop there.
We have to look further down the road and build an economy
that lasts into the future.
And that's going to depend on the talents of young
people like you.
Narrator: On Monday, the President spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden
where he presented a common sense,
balanced approach to deficit reduction and economic growth.
The President: Now, I'm processing real serious cuts in spending.
When you include the $1 trillion in cuts I've already signed into
law, these would be among the biggest cuts in spending
in our history.
But they've got to be part of a larger plan that's balanced.
A plan that asks the most fortunate among us to pay
their fair share just like everybody else.
Narrator: Later, the President and First Lady traveled to New York City
to attend the 66th United Nations General Assembly.
On Tuesday, September 20th, the President began his two-day trip
to New York City by discussing the democratic transition in
Libya before heading across town for official meetings with the
leaders of Afghanistan, Brazil, and Turkey.
And to attend an event on government transparency where he
highlighted recent White House transparency initiatives for
other world leaders.
The President: Among our commitments, we're launching a new online tool
called "We the People" to allow Americans to directly petition
the White House and we'll share that technology so that any
government in the world can enable its citizens
to do the same.
We've developed new tools called "Smart Disclosures" so that the
data we make public can help people make health care choices;
help small businesses innovate; and help
scientists achieve new breakthroughs.
Narrator: On Wednesday, September 21st, the President addressed the
United Nations General Assembly and discussed America's
commitment to working with our allies and partners around the
world to create and sustain lasting peace.
The President: We come from different cultures and carry with
us different histories.
But let us never forget that even as we gather here as heads
of different governments, we represent citizens who share
the same basic aspirations: To live with dignity and freedom;
to get an education and pursue opportunity;
to love our families; and love and worship our God;
to live in the kind of peace that makes life worth living.
Narrator: Later, the President held bilateral meetings with Prime
Minister Noda of Japan, Prime Minister Cameron of the United
Kingdom, and President Sarkozy of France.
The President also addressed a meeting of the Clinton Global
Initiative about his Administration's efforts
to work with Congress, to strengthen our economy and
create jobs by passing the American Jobs Act.
The President: This Bill answers the urgent need to create jobs right away.
And I appreciate President Clinton's strong support of
this plan over the weekend.
And the reason that that's important is because he knows
a good jobs plan when he sees it!
He created more jobs in his tenure than just about anybody.
And I'm fighting hard to make sure that we get this Bill
passed through Congress.
Narrator: The President finished his trip to New York at a reception for
the United Nations General Assembly at the architectural
icon and literary center of the city,
the New York Public Library!
On Thursday, September 22nd, the President traveled to
Cincinnati, Ohio.
While in Cincinnati, the President urged Congress
to pass the American Jobs Act now.
Standing before the highly-trafficked,
but functionally obsolete, Brent Spence Bridge,
which connects the home state of the Republican Leader of the
House and the home state of the Republican Leader of the Senate,
the President emphasized the need for prompt bipartisan
action to pass the American Jobs Act and create jobs
rebuilding America.
The President: I know that when Senator McConnell visited the closed
bridge in Kentucky, he said that roads and bridges are
not partisan in Washington.
That's great.
I know that Paul Ryan, the Republican in charge of the
budget process, recently said that you can't deny that
infrastructure does create jobs.
That's what he said.
Well, if that's the case, there's no reason for
Republicans in Congress to stand in the way of more
construction projects!
Audience Members: That's right.
The President: There's no reason to stand in the way of more jobs!
Audience Members: That's right.
The President: Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge!
(cheering and applause)
Help us rebuild America!
(cheering and applause)
Help us put construction workers back to work!
(cheering and applause)
Pass this Bill!
Narrator: 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!
Dr. Evan Glazer: They want you to go to the dance.
The President: They want me to go to the dance!
Can I bring Michelle or what's the deal?
Dr. Even Glaser: That's right!