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West Wing Week: 10/05/12 or “Operation Educate the Educators”

Welcome to the West Wing Week,
your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the White House and
the Treasury Department hosted events highlighting
innovative apps; Dr. Biden traveled to
Washington, D.C. and Virginia; and the White House Blue Room
Christmas tree is selected in North Carolina. That’s September 28th
to October 4th or, “Operation Educate
the Educators.” On Friday, we headed down the
block to 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Department
of Treasury for our latest installment of Tech Nation. There, the winners of the app
design portion of the My Money App Up Challenge were announced. This is a contest for mobile
app ideas and designs that help Americans make smart
financial choices, access high quality financial
products and services, and ultimately shape
their financial future. You can learn more at On Monday, Tech
Nation continued, this time at the White
House Energy Datapalooza. Here, private sector
entrepreneurs and innovators presented their products,
services and apps to help advance a secure and
clean energy future. Secretary Steven Chu:
These are small business
entrepreneurs starting off, but their business, the very
thing they’re doing of helping people save money as well as
start new businesses is part of the engine of
American prosperity. And for this particular event,
we see that this huge amount of data and how you handle the data
and how you start new businesses and make it user friendly is
something we think could be the basis for a lot
of new industries. But again, it’s going back also
to the fact that we do want to save — help Americans
save money by saving energy. Narrator:
That evening, as the sun set
on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House and
the Naval Observatory, the Vice President’s residence,
turned pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. On Tuesday, the White House
Grounds Superintendent and Supervisor Horticulturalist
traveled to Jefferson, North Carolina, to select the
official White House Christmas tree that will stand in the
Blue Room during this year’s holiday season. Speaker:
So, I mean, he’s got beautiful
trees, that’s for sure. Speaker (off camera):
Are you guys conferring? Narrator:
That evening back in Washington,
English professor Dr. Jill Biden attended Do the Write Thing, an
event hosted by 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing
and tutoring centers co-founded by author Dave Eggers. Dr. Jill Biden:
I know that if my students have
confidence in the classroom, they can take that
confidence with them and do anything in life. That is why I know so many of
you who are involved in 826 D.C. and 826 National,
that’s what you do every day. And you’ve made a difference
in the lives of thousands of individuals. Narrator:
On Wednesday morning, West
Wing Week caught back up with Dr. Biden at George Mason
University in Fairfax, Virginia, to celebrate a milestone in
Operation Educate the Educators. More than 100 colleges and
universities have now signed on to the Joining Forces commitment
that will help prepare educators to lead classrooms and develop
school cultures that are more responsive to the social,
emotional and academic needs of children in military families. To find out more information on
any of these topics or to see complete videos of these
events, go to And thanks again for checking
out your West Wing Week. Dr. Jill Biden:
I just want to thank everybody
here for all that you’ve done to get this through
and get, you know, schools to sign up
and partnerships, and really it just means so much
to all the military children all across America, so, thank
you, thank you, thank you. Here’s to you. Speaker:
Thank you for being with us. Speaker:

Reynold King

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