West Wing Week: 12/14/12 or "True to Ourselves and Our History"

Uploaded by whitehouse on 13.12.2012

♪♪ (Drums and Bugle Corps) ♪♪
Narrator: Welcome to the West Wing Week.
Your guide to everything that is happening at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue.
This week the First Family attended the Annual Christmas
in Washington Concert.
The Vice President talked #My2k over lunch with middle
class Americans.
And attended the Army Navy football game with Dr. Biden.
While the President signed the Child Protection Act into law.
Visited the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant.
Joined conference calls with Latino leaders and mayors and
invited regional television reporters to the White House
for a series of interviews.
It is December 7th to December 13th or True To Ourselves And
Our History.
The President: When we stay true to ourselves and our history,
there is nothing we can't do.
Narrator: On Friday, the President signed the Child Protection
Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill offered to better
protect children from sexual predators.
That afternoon at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, Virginia,
seven middle class Americans with a personal stake in the
fiscal cliff debate, sat down with the Vice President though
they hailed from seven different cities and brought distinct
stories to the table.
The Vice President's dining companions shared
an understanding that a $2,000 income tax hike on middle class
families is something that Congress must act to avoid.
On Saturday, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to
Philadelphia to attend the 113th annual Army Navy football game.
Referee: Tails is the call.
Tails is the call.
Tails is the call; you won the toss.
The Vice President: It is the most remarkable generation of young people,
maybe ever.
And produce the greatest generation of warriors this
country has ever known.
And they are all warriors out there today in the field.
But you saw what happened when the game was over,
each one of them sank their alma maters.
They were together, and they are going to fight together.
And they are going to be together.
The Vice President: There you go. Get in here man.
It is your trophy.
Narrator: On Sunday, the President and the First Family attended Christmas
in Washington at the National Building Museum.
A concert to benefit the Children's National
Medical Center.
The President: Many of these kids and their parents are going
through tough times right now.
And your support helps give them a reason to hope.
Not just during the holidays, but all year round.
Narrator: On Monday, the President traveled to Redford, Michigan,
where he toured the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant and spoke
to workers about the economy, about reinvesting
in American workers, and the importance of extending tax
cuts for middle class families.
The President: Our success as a country in this new century will be defined
by how well we educate our kids, how well we train our workers,
how well we invent, how well we innovate,
how well we build things like cars and engines.
All of the things that helped create the greatest middle class
the world has ever known.
That is how you bring new jobs back to Detroit.
That is how you bring good jobs back to America.
That is where I am focused on.
That is what I will stay relentlessly focused on
going forward.
Narrator: On Tuesday, renowned broadcast journalist author and television
personality Barbara Walters and her crew,
set up in the Diplomatic Room of the White House where she
interviewed the President and the First Lady who later
joined the interview.
The First Lady: 1, 2, 3. Michelle Obama. Can you hear me?
Speaker: I can hear you. Thank you very much, ma'am.
Narrator: Leaving them to their work, the President then traveled
back to the Oval and convened a conference call with Latino
grass root organizers where he emphasized the need for
them to get involved in the fiscal cliff debate,
to find a balanced approach to reduce our nation's deficit.
The President: We need to hear your stories, we need you to get in contact
with members of Congress.
Narrator: On Wednesday, the President invited a group of bipartisan
mayors and community leaders to the Roosevelt Room to join
a nationwide conference call with mayors to discuss ways
to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach
to reduce our national deficit.
The President: Get in touch with your members of Congress,
talk to your local media, because we want to make sure
that this is publicized and everybody understands exactly
what the issues are.
Everybody vaguely understands fiscal cliff.
It sounds bad, but they don't know exactly what it means.
We want to make sure the more people know, the more likely
Congress is going to feel the pressure to get this done.
Narrator: Later that afternoon, the President invited
a very special guest into the Oval Office.
The President: There is a framed letter that hangs in my office
right now.
It was sent to me during the health care debate by a woman
named Natoma Canfield.
For years and years, Natoma did everything right.
She bought health insurance, she paid her premiums on time,
but 18 years ago Natoma was diagnosed with cancer.
And even though she had been cancer free for more than a
decade, her insurance company kept jacking up her rates.
And despite her desire to keep her coverage, she had to
surrender her health insurance.
And Natoma is well today.
And because of this law, there are other Americans who will not
have to hang their fortunes on chance.
Narrator: On Thursday, the President sat down with television reporters
from Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis, and Sacramento
to discuss actions Congress needs to take to prevent a
income tax hike on middle class families
at the end of the year.
That evening the President and the First Lady attended
a Hanukkah reception in the grand foyer of the White House.
To find out more information about any of these topics from
elves to #My2k, or to see complete videos of these
events go to WhiteHouse.gov and thanks again for checking
out your West Wing Week.
The President: Come on down.
Hey elves, what is your name?
Olivia: Olivia.
The President: Olivia. Give me a hug. Oh, good to see you.
What is your name?
Good to see you.
What is your name?
Keira: Keira.
The President: Keira. Good to see.
The President: Ho, ho, ho. Ho, ho, ho.
The President: I like the bells too. Yeah.
Let's ring some bells.
Ring some bells. Jingle them.
The First Lady: Jingle bells.
The President: Yeah.
The First Lady: You guys are awesome.
The President: This may be some of the best elf crew we have ever had.