West Wing Week: 02/01/13 or "The Dude from Stillwater"

Uploaded by whitehouse on 31.01.2013

Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh: Welcome to 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 announced his choice for his new Chief of
Staff; pushed for comprehensive immigration reform; and hosted
at the White House the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year;
Presidential Innovation Fellows; law enforcement officials;
"60 Minutes;" and the Miami Heat.
That's January 25th to January 31st or
"The Dude From Stillwater!"
The President: To so many of his friends and admirers he is still just the
dude from Stillwater, Minnesota.
Narrator: On Friday, the President introduced his choice for
his new Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the East Room where
the President discussed his many qualifications for the
top White House job.
The President: He is the consummate public servant.
He plays it straight.
And that's the kind of teamwork that I want in the White House.
I thought I'd take the occasion to just embarrass somebody.
Today is David Plouffe's last day in the White House.
And if it were not for him, I probably wouldn't be here.
Narrator: Later, the crew from "60 Minutes" set up in the Blue
Room for an historic joint interview with the President
and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where
they discussed their four successful years working
together and the friendship they developed after being
competitors in the 2008 Democratic Primary.
The President then joined the first class of Presidential
Innovation Fellows to discuss the projects they developed over
the last six months aimed at modernizing the mechanics of
the federal government.
Greg Gershman: With project MyGov we set out to reimagine the relationship
between the government and the citizens using technology and
how we could create something that would enable a better user
experience and also save the government money.
Narrator: On Monday, the President and Vice President met with law
enforcement officials from across the country to discuss
the policies the President put forward earlier this month that
would reduce gun violence in communities all across America.
The President: No group is more important for us to listen to than our
law enforcement officials.
They're where the rubber hits the road.
Narrator: Later, the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat arrived at the
White House.
They were congratulated by the President not just for their
success on the court, but for their leadership off the court.
The President: Now, there is a lot of focus on what happens on the court.
But what's also important is what happens off the court.
And I don't know all these guys but I do know they take their
roles as fathers seriously.
Chris Bosh: Eight months.
The President: Eight months!
Chris Bosh: He'll be nine months next weekend.
The President: Sleeping through the night?
Chris Bosh: Sleeping through the night.
Dwayne Wade: Nice that the baby will sleep.
The President: They sleep.
Once they start sleeping...
Narrator: At the end of the day, the five National Finalists from
the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Program lined
up outside the Oval Office and soon settled right in for the Q
and A session of a lifetime!
The President: Hello, everybody! Hey, Ron.
Ron: Hey, Mr. President.
The President: Hi!
Crystile Carter: Hi!
The President: How are you?
Crystile Carter: Good. How are you?
Denzell Perry: Did you ever think when you were a kid that you
would be here today?
The President: No.
Denzell Perry: What was your goal?
The President: Well, I mean, it depends on what age you're talking about.
I mean, I think that there was a time when I wanted to
be an architect.
There was a time when I wanted to just be a lawyer,
which I am.
There was a time when I thought I was going to be in the NBA but
that didn't last very long.
Narrator: On Tuesday, the President traveled to Las Vegas where
he spoke to students at Del Sol High School --
(cheering and applause)
-- about the need for comprehensive immigration
reform and encourage the Senate to follow through
on a bipartisan proposal based on the President's own
immigration reform priorities.
The President: We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.
That's who we are in our bones.
Right now there are brilliant students from all over the world
sitting in classrooms at our top universities.
But once they finish school, once he earn that diploma,
there is a good chance they'll have to leave our country.
That's not how you grow new industries in America.
It's easy sometimes for the discussion to take on a feeling
of us versus them.
And when that happens a lot of folks forget that most of
us used to be them.
Remember that this is not just a debate about policy.
It's about people who want nothing more than the chance
to earn their way into the American story.
Narrator: On Wednesday, the President invited Gabby Giffords and
Captain Mark Kelly to the Oval Office.
Then he sat down with Telemundo and Univision for interviews
that focused on the previous day's Immigration Reform
announcement in Nevada.
On Thursday, Director of the White House Domestic Policy
Council, Cecilia Muñoz, joined the latest Fireside Hangout on
Google+ for a conversation about the President's commitment to
immigration reform that includes protecting our borders and gives
immigrants the chance to earn citizenship.
To find out more information on any of these topics or to
see complete videos of these events, go to WhiteHouse.gov.
Thanks again for checking out your West Wing Week!
The President: Good to see you, Bob Mcadoo.
Now, this guy can shoot!
That guy can shoot!
Now, I cannot claim that he played any defense!