In this week’s address, President Barack Obama discusses the progress the United States has made to combat global climate change.

During the Obama Administration, we have made ambitious investments in clean energy and achieved reductions in carbon emissions – increasing wind power and solar power, and decreasing the amount of carbon pollution from our energy sector to its lowest level in 25 years.

We have also set standards to increase the distance cars and light trucks can travel on a gallon of gas every year through 2025. The President noted that although America has become a global leader in the fight against climate change, there’s still work to do.

Together, we must continue to work domestically and build upon the progress we’ve made along with other countries – such as the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history.

President Obama said if we continue to work together, we will leave a better, cleaner, safer future for our children.

White House

NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, 2016

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

“Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another — and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us — we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.

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Some time ago, I re-introduced the weekly palate cleanser posts (a.k.a. video of the week) on this blog. During the week, I post about road closures, stores opening, stores closing, news and things to do around Alexandria, Virginia. So, I thought maybe one post during the week could be just for fun. Therefore, a post that will cleanse the palate.

For this week, whether you have had a good week or a bad one, here is a fairly funny video from The White House that played at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner where President Obama pondered his retirement as the ‘Couch Commander.’

Question: Do you think the Obama’s will make Alexandria their home post-Presidency?

Enjoy!

GovernorTerry McAuliffe

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement yesterday after President Obama’s announcement regarding executive action on firearms:

“The measures announced by the President today are designed to protect all citizens from gun violence by fully enforcing existing laws and taking reasonable steps to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. The families across our Commonwealth and our nation who have lost loved ones to gun violence make a compelling case for action, and Americans are clearly demanding that their leaders take responsibility to ensure that all businesses involved in the sale of firearms conduct appropriate background checks. It would be a violation of the public trust to ignore their pleas for meaningful protections. If these measures prevent a single family from going through the agony that so many Virginians have experienced, they will be worthwhile.”

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