November 16, 2012 at 18:00 PM EST
Weekly Wrap Up: "That’s Who We Are"
Watch the West Wing Week here. Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov: Let’s Get to Work: Last Friday, the President laid out his strategy for finding the right approach to move the country forward . He stated his plans to reach out to members of Congress, labor and business leaders, and other citizens to gather ideas and input. Standing alongside him in the East Room of the White House was Vice President Joe Biden—and 14 others stood behind him at the podium. Learn who those 14 individuals are. Veterans Day: On Sunday, the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Dr. Biden honored our nation’s fallen warriors , veterans and military families at Arlington National Cemetery. Together, they laid a wreath to “remember every service member who has ever worn our nation’s uniform.” Read the President’s remarks at Arlington National Cemetery here. Celebrating Diwali: On Tuesday afternoon, the White House celebrated Diwali , a holiday observed annually by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhist throughout India and across the world. Known as the “festival of lights,” Diwali offers time for both reflection and celebration. South Asian American community leaders, elected officials, entrepreneurs, Administration officials, and Vice President Biden came together on Tuesday to commemorate the holiday. Read the President’s statement on the Observance of Diwali here . The President’s News Conference: On Wednesday, the President held a news conference to answer questions about his plans for the next four years. He emphasized his commitment to help American families and small businesses get back on track : I’ve got a mandate to help middle-class families and families that are working hard to try to get into the middle class. That’s my mandate. That’s what the American people said. They said: Work really hard to help us. Don’t worry about the politics of it; don’t worry about the party interests; don’t worry about the special interests. Just work really hard to see if you can help us get ahead -- because we’re working really hard out here and we’re still struggling, a lot of us. Watch the full news conference here. read more
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