♪(music playing)♪ Narrator:
Welcome to the “West Wing Week,” your guide to everything that’s happening at
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But first, a brief message from
letsmove.gov, America’s move to raise a
healthier generation of kids. Secretary Vilsack:
Spring is here. Go outside and enjoy it. [Emergency broadcast alert signal] Learn about healthy eating and lifestyles at letsmove.gov. Narrator:
This week,
April 9th to the 15th, or
“The Interpreter’s Lounge.” On Friday morning, April 9th,
the Presidential motorcade departed for the Prague Castle. As you will recall from last
week’s installment of your “West Wing Week,” the President was in Prague to sign the new START treaty, and meet with many of our regional allies. The President:
I have a lot of gray hairs. I used to look much younger. (laughter) Narrator:
After meeting with the Czechs, President Obama headed back to
Washington, D. C. That afternoon when the
President returned, he made a statement about the mining
tragedy in West Virginia. The President:
I want to offer my deepest condolences to the friends and the families of
the fathers and the husbands and brothers, nephews and sons who
were killed in this accident. I’m also in awe of the courage
and selflessness shown by the rescue teams who risked their
lives over and over and over this week. Narrator:
On Sunday, April 11th, President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel crossed Pennsylvania Avenue to the Blair House, where
a series of bilateral meetings were held in the runup to the
Nuclear Security Summit. Secretary Clinton:
But it’s such a huge deal, and it has taken — The President:
So far today I’ve already met with Prime Minister Singh of
India, as well as the President of Kazakhstan, and now we’re
meeting with the President of South Africa, I’ll be meeting
with the Prime Minister of Pakistan after this meeting. Narrator:
On Monday, April 12th, the President went to the site of the Nuclear Security
Summit, where he held more bilateral meetings with
Jordan, Malaysia, Ukraine, Armenia, and China. President Obama then greeted the
leaders of 46 nations, the largest summit ever held in
Washington, and gathered them all for a working dinner,
getting started on the important work at hand. On Tuesday, April 13th, the
President reconvened this august group. The President:
You know, you’ve met Jan. Jan:
Yeah, I — The President:
Good morning. It is my privilege to welcome
you to Washington and formally convene this historic summit. Narrator:
The main focus was on nuclear proliferation and securing nuclear materials. The President:
Two decades after the end of the cold war, we face a cruel irony of history
— the risk of a nuclear confrontation between nations
has gone down, but the risk of nuclear attack has gone up. Narrator:
Meanwhile, in the Caribbean, the First Lady and Dr. Biden made a surprise visit
to Haiti to see the rebuilding efforts made since a massive
earthquake struck Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas. And, to underscore the
commitment of the United States to help rebuild the
shattered nation. The First Lady went on to
Mexico, where she made her first official solo international
visit. First Lady:
This is my first solo international trip. Mexico is really a natural
first step for me. I mean, the relationships that
our countries have with one another are deep and broad. Narrator:
The President finished a long day of talking with a news conference ending
the Nuclear Security Summit. The President:
This evening I can report that we have seized this opportunity and because of
the steps we’ve taken as individual nations and as an
international community, the American people will
be safer and the world will be more secure. Narrator:
The President squeezed in one last bilateral meeting with the Germans, just
to make it a full ten, before leaving for the
White House. On Wednesday, April 14th,
the President spent a sunny day inside. He held a meeting with the
Vice-President and members of Congress from both parties, and
talked about Wall Street reform. The President:
I think all of us recognize
that we cannot have a circumstance in which a
meltdown of the financial sector once again puts the entire
economy in peril. Narrator:
And then he met with this year’s winners of the White House News Photographers Association Eyes of History Annual Conference. The President:
All right. Group picture? Let’s see if they know how to
arrange themselves properly. (laughter) Speaker:
I do. The President:
Do you recommend that we say cheese? Speaker:
Cheese! Narrator:
On Thursday, April 15th, President Obama flew to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to take
a look at a commercial rocket processing facility and visit
the Kennedy Space Center. A Speaker:
Heat tiles for when the stage reenters to survive the heat of reentry. Narrator:
He then outlined his vision for NASA, one that unlocks our ambitions and
expands our frontiers in space, ultimately meeting the challenge
of sending humans to Mars. The President:
So this is the next chapter that we can write together here at NASA. We will partner with industry,
we will invest in cutting-edge research and technology, we will
set far-reaching milestones, and provide the resources to
reach those milestones. And step by step, we will push
the boundaries not only of where we can go but what we can do. Narrator:
To find out more information on any of these topics, or to see complete
videos of these events, go to Whitehouse.gov, and thanks again for
checking out your West Wing Week. The President:
Good morning. Secretary Vilsack:
That’s what they call
“West Wing Week.”