West Wing Week: 12/23/11 or "#40dollars"

Uploaded by whitehouse on 22.12.2011

Speaker: It's West Wing Week!
Narrator: Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's
happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
With the holidays in full swing and the countdown clock ticking
away, the President continued to press for the extension of
the payroll tax cut for 160 million working Americans,
and unemployment insurance benefits for millions of
others looking for work.
The President urged House Republicans to put aside their
political games and pass the bill that's garnered
overwhelming bipartisan support in the United States Senate.
That's December 16th to December 22nd, or "#40dollars."
On Friday, the President traveled to National Harbor,
in Maryland, to address the 71st general assembly of the Union
for Reform Judaism, and spoke of his vision of economic
prosperity at this make or break moment for the
American middle class.
President Obama: This is not just a political debate.
It's a moral debate.
It's an ethical debate.
It's a values debate.
It's the defining issue of our time.
It is a make or break moment for the middle class and for all
those who are fighting to get into the middle class.
Narrator: On Saturday, the President spoke to the White House Press Corps
about the need for the immediate passage of the
proposed two-month extension of the payroll tax cut to avoid a
devastating tax hike on 160 million working Americans
on January 1st.
President Obama: At a time when so many Americans are working harder and harder
just to keep up, the extra thousand dollars or so that
the average family would get from this tax cut makes a real
difference when you're trying to buy groceries or pay the bills,
make a mortgage, or make a repair.
Narrator: On Monday, with the countdown clock ticking on WhiteHouse.gov,
the President and his administration continued
to press for the immediate passage of the extension of
the payroll tax cut that would stop a tax increase
on 160 million Americans.
Press Secretary Jay Carney: Let's not forget here what the substantive consequence
of a failure to act would mean.
There are economists out there who say that if we do not extend
the payroll tax cut, if we do not extend unemployment
insurance, it increases the possibility of a recession
or increases the possibility of very slow economic growth.
Narrator: On Tuesday, the President and the Vice President welcomed the
last troops home from Iraq with a historic ceremony at
Joint Base Andrews, and the return of the United States
forces Iraq colors.
♪♪ (Star-Spangled Banner) ♪♪
With the last of the troops coming home,
the President marks his promise kept of ending the war in Iraq.
Military Family Member: Long time, no see.
Military Family Member: That's the one I want; a hug.
Narrator: The President then once again urged House Republicans not to
allow taxes to go up on 160 million Americans.
President Obama: I saw today that one of the House Republicans referred
to what they're doing as, quote, high stakes poker.
He's right about the stakes, but this is not poker.
This is not a game.
This shouldn't be politics as usual.
Narrator: On Wednesday, WhiteHouse.gov was flooded with more than
30,000 submissions, and counting,
answering the question posed by the White House Twitter account
on Tuesday afternoon, "what does $40 mean to you"?
#40dollars has trended worldwide and a random selection of 100
people who submitted their stories were invited to a
conference call with Brian Deese from the
National Economic Council.
The President also got out of the house for some holiday
shopping that day, with stops at Best Buy for gifts for his
daughters, and Pet Smart where Bo didn't seem to notice that
the gifts might be for him.
So many aromas, so little time.
President Obama: Alrighty. All right. I'm ready.
This is his holiday bone.
These are my friends. We were shopping together.
Where's my pizza at?
Narrator: Then the President stopped in at Del Ray Pizzeria to
pick up some pies on the way home.
On Thursday, the President once again spoke to White House
reporters urging House Republicans to support a
bipartisan plan to keep taxes from going up.
The President stood alongside people who said a tax increase
would have a tangible impact on their family budget.
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.
Toddler: Bye-bye.
President Obama: Bye-bye.
Mother: Do you know who that is?
Toddler: President.
President Obama: That's right.