It's a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It's a letter meant to share what we know, what we've learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free...
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For Michelle and me, Chicago is where it all started. It’s the city that showed us the power and fundamental goodness of the American people.

It’s that inherent strength that brought our country through our fair share of challenges these last eight years. Because of you, we’ve come through them stronger. Because of you, we’ve held to a belief that has guided us ever since our founding – our...
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Merry Christmas, everybody! Today, we’re joining families across America and around the world in celebrating this joyful day by spending time with the ones we love the most. And I might watch a little basketball, too.

As folks gather in homes and churches across the country, today is an opportunity to reflect on the message that Christmas brings – one of boundless love, compassion, and hope....
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When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there's no limit to the heights we can reach together. With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and...
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Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans know the financial security and peace of mind that comes with health insurance - and the uninsured rate is at its lowest level ever. In a few moments, I’ll talk to you from the White House about how we can build on the progress we’ve made.

If you haven’t gotten covered, now’s the time to do it at HealthCare.gov. Remember,...
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Today, my family will join Americans across the country in sitting down together to give thanks for the good in our lives. This will be the last time we celebrate Thanksgiving in the White House.

For me, this house has served as the backdrop to the tough decisions and trying times that often characterize the Presidency. But it's also been home -- it's where Michelle and I have watched our...
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Ramona’s story should serve as a reminder to all of us that we need to reform the sentencing laws for drug crimes in this country. It makes no sense for a nonviolent drug offender to be serving decades, or sometimes life, in prison. That’s not serving taxpayers, and it’s not serving the public safety. Instead, it burdens our already overcrowded prisons. And it hurts families like...
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On my last overseas trip as president, I finally had the opportunity to visit Greece and take in the beautiful history of this country. Standing at the Acropolis, in the birthplace of democracy and the democratic values we hold dear as Americans, you gain perspective on the importance of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people - and how people, no matter what nation we...
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This week, as we continue to look for common ground on keeping our children and communities safe from gun violence, I wanted to share a letter from a woman in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Sharron wrote to me in January, after I had announced a series of commonsense steps designed to reduce senseless gun violence in our country. One of those steps was boosting the development of gun safety...
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I started an Election Day tradition on the court back in 2008. Not about to break it today. If you've got your own Election Day rituals, make sure one of them is casting your vote. It's the most important American tradition we've got. So go vote -- let's finish what we started 8 years ago.
To all who are celebrating the festival of lights across America and around the world, happy Diwali. As Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists light the diya, share in prayers, decorate their homes, and open their doors to host and feast with loved ones, we recognize that this holiday rejoices in the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It also speaks to a broader truth about...
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For many Americans, air travel is a way of life -- it's how we keep our businesses running, explore new places, and keep in touch with the people we love.

Yet over the past eight years, I've received plenty of letters from Americans who've been frustrated by unforeseen baggage fees; folks who feel like they too often end up paying more for an airline ticket than they bargained for.

I...
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New Rules Would Require Airlines To Refund Baggage Fees For Delayed Luggage

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One of my favorite things about launching our My Brother’s Keeper initiative has been spending time with some outstanding young people from across the country. Whether it’s shooting hoops with the young people in our White House Mentorship and Leadership program, or chatting over soul food with teens from New Orleans, I’ve gotten to know some great kids who are succeeding despite the...
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In today's economy, the best jobs will go to the best educated -- whether they live in the United States or India or China. That's why every high school graduate needs some higher education, whether a university degree, a community college or industry certification. I'm proud of the work we've done over the past eight years to move us one step closer to helping millions of Americans get and...
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There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people.

Shimon Peres once said that, “I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on moral foundations.” Tonight,...
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Alex is just six years old. He lives in Scarsdale, New York. Last month, like people around the world, he was moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy in Aleppo, Syria, sitting in an ambulance, in shock as he tried to wipe the blood from his hands.

So Alex sat down and wrote me a letter. This week at a United Nations summit on refugees, I shared Alex's moving...
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Heard some great news this morning that I wanted to share. We've made remarkable progress since I took office in the midst of the worst recession the country had seen in decades. Thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, we averted a second Great Depression, created more than 15 million private-sector jobs, and have seen real wages rising at their fastest rate in any...
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Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters from Americans across the country. Every night, I read 10 of them. These letters are my chance to hear directly from the people I serve -- and it's one of my favorite parts of the day.

A few weeks ago, we launched a new way for people to share their thoughts with me, through Facebook Messenger. The first message from Facebook to reach...
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A few months ago, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I traveled to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is one of America's oldest parks -- an iconic cornerstone of our National Park System. It is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning places I've ever been. Standing among the sprawling meadows or beneath the Cathedral Rocks, it's hard not to be awestruck by the unique, natural beauty of our...
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6 ways to outwit your insomnia for good!

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