| President Barack Obama: "That’s why I like getting out of the Washington echo chamber whenever I can – because too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are. Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life. More than anything, the American people make me optimistic about where we’re headed as a nation.
| White House Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday that it was not a sign of a lack of leadership that the President and top officials are discovering scandals in the administration at the same time as the American people from press reports. "I would be interested to see what the reporting would be if it were otherwise," Carney said.
| President Barack Obama says the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, has submitted his resignation in the aftermath of an investigation that found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups.
| President Barack Obama is asking Americans to urge Congress to pass his proposals on jobs, education and raising the minimum wage. Obama spoke at a high school in Texas, kicking off a series of quick trips to highlight his proposals.