Friday, January 13, 2012

From the White House

In a speech in Ohio last Wednesday, President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray, a career public servant who most recently served as the Attorney General of Ohio, followed through on the President’s message of “We Can’t Wait” by taking steps to increase oversight of “non-bank” financial services on his second day in office. Prior to his remarks, President Obama met with William and Endia Eason at their Cleveland home. The Easons were victims of predatory lending by a mortgage broker and almost lost their home.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Shaker Heights High School,Shaker Heights, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2012. Richard Cordray shares the stage with the President. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The appointment gives Americans a powerful advocate in one of the places where they need it most and is a critical aspect of the President’s plans to reform Wall Street. This empowerment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau came on the heels of another significant victory for the middle class: The extension of the payroll tax cut.

The President reiterated his “We Can’t Wait” message last Thursday during a presentation before business and community leaders at the Summer Jobs+ event held at the White House. In light of Congressional Republicans blocking the American Jobs Act, President Obama is doing everything he can to get results now. Through the 180,000 summer jobs already pledged by the public and private sectors (with an additional 70,000 jobs expected), and the handy summer job bank, the Administration will connect young people with employers that will provide meaningful work experience.

Summer Jobs+ is an extension of President Obama’s plan to win the future by cultivating America’s human capital and making every American the very best that they can be. Early on the job experience will teach the youngest generations the skills that they need to get good, secure jobs later in life.

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White House Champions of Change Program

Judit Camacho reflects on the December 9th “Champions of Change” event that honored the work of her and eleven others who have made exceptional strides towards getting women involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She herself is the executive director of SACNAS, an organization dedicated to promoting Hispanic/Chicano and Native American participation in STEM fields.

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The application for the Summer 2012 White House Internship Program is now open, and the application deadline is January 22, 2012. The mission of the White House Internship Program is to make the "People’s House" accessible to future leaders from around the nation, and to cultivate and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities. The programs and opportunities of the White House Internship Program make for days filled with unique learning experiences, thought-provoking conversation, and unforgettable events. Visit to learn more about the White House Internship Program and to apply.

The White House Fellows program is the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. Founded by President Johnson in 1964 to engage emerging leaders in public service, the Fellows Program provides exceptional young men and women with first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows spend one year in Washington, DC working in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, White House staff, and other high level Executive Branch officials. The Fellows Program is non-partisan, highly competitive and seeks people who have distinguished themselves through their work and dedication to public service. To learn more, we invite you to view the White House Fellows video chat in which the Program Director Cindy Moelis and former Fellows Anish Mahajan and Erica Jeffries recently answered questions about the application and the Fellowship experience. Applications for the White House Fellowship can currently be found online The deadline for completed applications is January 13, 2012.

For more information about ways to get involved now, check out the Office of Public Engagement’s blog, which is updated daily with upcoming engagement opportunities. Follow Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, on Twitter @JonCarson44. Also, take time to browse our Engage webpage. Also check out for opportunities to personalize your long-term service.

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