West Wing Week: 5/10/12 or "Teach Your Parents How to Tweet"

Uploaded by whitehouse on 10.05.2012

Duncan Teater: Kang Kang Teater ...
West Wing Week!
♪♪ (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 traveled to Virginia and New York to urge
Congress to not let interest rates double on student loans
and to introduce a "to-do list" for Congress.
He also hosted the University of Kentucky Wildcats;
the Fermi Science Award Winners; and this year's
Gershwin Award Winners.
That's May 4th to May 10th or "Teach Your
Parents How to Tweet."
The President: Teach your parents how to tweet.
Use the hashtag "#dontdoublemyrate!"
Narrator: On Friday, the President and Education Secretary Arne Duncan
traveled to Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia,
to speak with juniors, graduating seniors and
their parents about the need to prevent interest rates on
federal subsidized student loans from doubling on July 1st.
And get a fair shot at an affordable higher education
and learn the skills needed to find a good job.
The President: The three classmates of yours that I met,
they're all getting Stafford loans to help pay for college.
Five years ago, Congress cut the rate for these
student loans in half.
But... here's the bad news --
Student: Uh-oh!
The President: Uh-oh!
On July 1st, less than two months from now,
that rate cut expires and interest rates on those loans
will double overnight!
Audience: Boo!
The President: That's not good!
Narrator: In the afternoon, the President welcomed the
University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Team, the Wildcats,
to celebrate their 2012 NCAA Championship.
John Calipari: This team, when they won that championship
on that court in New Orleans, they were jumping up and down
not saying, "we did it; we won!"
They were saying: "We're going to the White House!
We're going to the White House!"
Because they wanted to meet you.
Narrator: On Monday, the President welcomed the 2011 Fermi Award
Winners to the Oval Office to recognize their leadership
in the field of science.
President: That's, that's pretty nice.
Dr. Burton Richter: I'm old enough for an award.
The President: You are.
It's about time you made something of yourself!
Laurose Richter: Yes, that's right.
Dr. Burton Richter: But I thought it was worth it but it gives me pause
about this award.
When you're 81 years old and you get a lifetime achievement
award, you worry a little bit about what you're going
to do next.
The President: Well, you know --
Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus: It's a challenge.
The President: It's a challenge, exactly.
It's a little more incentive.
Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus: We're still at it.
The President: You're still at it and that's the key.
Narrator: Later, the President hosted a conference call with more than
200 participants including college student body presidents,
mayors and governors.
The President: So tomorrow the Senate is scheduled to vote on
a bill that does make sense.
It would prevent interest rates from doubling by closing a tax
loophole for a certain category of corporations.
That's the good news.
But it's only the first step.
I'm going to need your help.
And the key reason we want to be on this call is you guys all
have a tremendous reach in your communities.
You've got to let your voices be heard.
You've got to let Congress know that doubling student loan
interest rates is unacceptable.
Narrator: On Tuesday, the President traveled to the College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Albany Nanotech
Complex in New York, a fully-integrated research,
development, prototyping and educational facility that
provides strategic support through outreach,
technology acceleration, business incubation,
pilot prototyping and test-based integration support.
The President unveiled a simple to-do list for Congress composed
of specific ideas for strengthening the economy
and supporting middle-class families and those families
looking to get there.
The President: Today I'm announcing a handy little to-do
list that we've put together for Congress.
You can see it for yourselves at WhiteHouse.gov.
It's about the size of a Post-it note so every member of Congress
should have time to read it.
Hopefully we'll just be checking off the list.
Just like when Michelle gives me a list, I check it off.
Each of the ideas on this list will help accelerate our economy
and put people back to work, not in November, not in next year,
but right now.
(jet engine whir)
Narrator: In the evening, the President delivered the keynote address
at the Asian-Pacific American Institute for Congressional
Studies' 18th Annual Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C.
The President: Every child born in America, regardless of race, creed,
color, is going to have a chance.
If somebody is suffering through injustice or inequality,
we take up their cause as if it was our own;
that's the story of America.
And that's certainly the story of this community.
Narrator: On Wednesday, the President hosted NATO Secretary General
Rasmussen where they discussed final preparations
for the NATO Summit in Chicago later this month.
In the evening, as part of their In Performance at the White
House series, the President and First Lady hosted a concert in
the East Room honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and
Hal David who had been awarded the 2012 Library of Congress
Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
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!
The President: Don't fall in, now.
I mean, there's a big debate in our family about, you know,
the optimal S'more.
You know, some people are big on the burning.
And others the golden brown thing.
S'more's Lover: The golden brown thing.
S'more's Lover: Golden brown, you nip off the top and then you
have the gooey middle.
The President: See?
S'more's Lover: But then you put the gooey middle back in.
S'more's Lover: Oh, yeah --
The President: See? Those are the kinds of debates we've been havin'...
Uh, your granddaughter needs a new cell phone.
You know, she's got, she's got one of these big old ones.
How long have you been working here?
Factory Worker: Twenty-five years.
The President: Twenty-five years? Man!
How old are you, man?
Factory Worker: I'm 47.
The President: Are you really?
Factory Worker: Yes, sir.
The President: Man, I gotta eat what he's eatin'!
Female Factory Worker: That's right.
The President: Look at this young man.
Factory Worker: I be exercising and drinking water.
The President: I'm telling 'ya.
Factory Worker: Exercise and water.
The President: Drinking water?
Factory Worker: Yes, sir, drinking water.
The President: Is that what it is?
Factory Worker: Yes, sir.
The President: Okay, I'll use that...
You want me to pick up the check?
I think I can handle this one.
All right. This is on me!