Follow Dr. Biden’s Trip to Asia on Instagram

Kicking off Dr. Biden’s four-nation tour through Asia, Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Seoul, Republic of Korea on Saturday afternoon.

Military families greet Dr. Biden at Osan Air Force Base outside Seoul, Republic of Korea.

— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) July 18, 2015

Her first stop was the Jinkwansa Temple, an ancient monastery that dates back to 1011. It is home to female monks, who use the temple as a place to demonstrate important spiritual, cultural, and historical values in Korean culture. The female monks also serve as leaders in their community, helping empower women and girls in Korea.

The monks led Dr. Biden around the temple grounds, explaining its rich history and showing her the dozens of pots that store doenjang, or fermented soybeans that they prepare.

“We just wanted to say how excited we are to be here in Korea and how wonderful the sisters have been to us today,” Dr. Biden said at the temple. “They’re educating women and empowering women. That’s one of the purposes of this trip.”

In the evening, Dr. Biden continued her discussion of women and girls by meeting with Jim Hee-Jun, the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Gender Equality and Family. The meeting focused on gender equality and women’s leadership in society.

Coming out of their meeting, the two leaders then visited a reception honoring female leaders in the Korean and American communities, including U.S. military personnel.

“Ann yeong haseyo!” Dr. Biden told the crowd, meaning “Hello!”

“President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and my husband Joe, the Vice President, have worked to empower women in the workforce and to shape every level of our government so that their voices are heard throughout society and all around the world,” Dr. Biden said. “To see those same efforts being made in the Republic of Korea shows how far we’ve come – not just as women in individual nations but as a global community of men and women working together toward full gender equality.”

In the Republic of Korea, Dr. Jill Biden delivered the keynote address at a reception hosted by the Minister of Gender Equity & Family. Watch below:

“Throughout my trip, we’ll meet with more women like all of you – women entrepreneurs, youth, and political leaders who are all empowering their communities and the next generation of women, because they know a nation cannot reach its full potential until its women reach theirs.”

Stay tuned as Dr. Biden continues her travels to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Follow her Journey on Instagram

Ahead of a week-long visit to the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Japan, Dr. Jill Biden is joining Instagram to give followers a unique inside look at her trip across Asia. Instagram followers will have access to behind-the-scenes photos from the road as she meets with students, women entrepreneurs, and military families.

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Throughout her travels, Dr. Biden will highlight the importance of women and girls in the workforce and the power of education. While in Japan, she will participate in events as part of her Joining Forces initiative to show support for service men and women, veterans, and their families.

Stay tuned for photos during and after the trip, and don’t forget to follow Dr. Biden on Twitter to see the latest from her travels.

Check back here for updates from the road as Dr. Biden makes her way through Asia!

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Asked and Answered: Hannah’s Song

This is the latest post in our "Asked and Answered" series, in which we periodically feature an exchange between the President -- or a Senior Administration Official -- and an American who wrote him. If you'd like to write the President yourself, you can do so here.

Meet Hannah, a rising 9th grader at Indian River High School in the North Country region of New York, home to many families from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum. As the daughter of Lt. Col. Todd E. Bajakian, former commander of Fort Drum’s Warriors in Transition Battalion, Hannah knows first-hand how important it is that we give our military families the support they need.

This past May at the White House’s annual Mother’s Day Tea, Hannah had the opportunity to meet the First Lady and give her the lyrics to her original song, “All On The Line.”

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Travel Journal of the Vice President’s Trip to Morocco, Ukraine, Turkey:

Welcome to your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s three-country, five-day visit to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey.

November 22-23, 2014   Vice President Biden Wraps Up His Trip in Turkey

The Vice President wrapped up his three-country trip last week with a visit to Istanbul, Turkey.

The Vice President had an opportunity to meet individually with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. At these meetings, the Vice President and the leaders discussed a range of important bilateral issues:

Fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq Coping with the regional humanitarian crisis Countering the threat posed by foreign fighters Promoting the Cyprus settlement process

“And the one thing that is absolutely clear is that the depth of that friendship and the resolve of that partnership is as strong as it has ever been,” Vice President said after meeting with President Erdogan. “In spite of the fact that the world is facing and we collectively are facing some difficult problems right now.”

The Vice President also addressed the Atlantic Council Economic and Energy Summit, where he discussed energy security challenges and our strategic vision of a Europe that's whole, free, and at peace.

“True energy security in Europe is going to require some tough decisions,” the Vice President said before an audience of foreign leaders and business executives.

"True energy security in Europe is going to require some tough decisions." -VP Biden to the Atlantic Council

— Vice President Biden (@VP) November 23, 2014

Before departing for the Washington on Sunday, the Vice President met with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to discuss religious freedom and interfaith dialogue.

“This is a really fine man,” the Vice President said about the Patriarch.


Afterward, the Vice President and Dr. Biden toured the Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest in Istanbul.

Before departing Istanbul today, the VP and @DrBiden toured the Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest in the city →

— Vice President Biden (@VP) November 23, 2014

November 21, 2014   Vice President Biden in Ukraine: “You are a remarkable people, the Ukrainian people”

Last Friday, the Vice President visited Kyiv, Ukraine, his third visit in the last seven months.

The Vice President’s visit coincided with Ukraine’s first annual Day of Freedom and Dignity, which marks the one-year anniversary since protests and calls for government reform first began.

The Vice President’s agenda included meetings with President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss:

Government formation Reform agenda Energy security Situation in the east

These issues underscored the Vice President’s message to the Ukrainian people: Keep working to build the democracy that Ukraine rightfully deserves.

Following his meetings with the President and Prime Minister, the Vice President reflected, “This is an important moment -- a chance to make good on the promise of 25 years ago when the Iron Curtain came down…You are a remarkable people, the Ukrainian people. You’re a brave people. And you’ve demonstrated that once again to the whole world.”

America’s commitment to Ukraine is personal. It’s grounded in the friendship between our people.

— Vice President Biden (@VP) November 21, 2014

Before departing Kyiv, the Vice President had an opportunity to recognize Ukraine’s Day of Freedom and dignity by laying flowers at a memorial for those who were killed during protests this past year.

VP Biden lays flowers at a memorial for those who were killed during protests in Ukraine last year

— Vice President Biden (@VP) November 21, 2014

November 20, 2014   Dates and Milk Welcome Vice President and Dr. Biden to Morocco

Vice President Obama Receives Dates in Morocco

November 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

The first stop on the Vice President and Dr. Biden's three-country trip was Morocco. The Vice President and Dr. Biden's visit started on a sweet note, as they were greeted at the airport with dates and milk, a traditional Moroccan welcome. 

Morocco has a special place in the history and hearts of Americans because it was the first nation in the world to recognize the United States nearly 237 years ago. The Vice President's visit, the first by a sitting U.S. Vice President in decades, marked the latest chapter in a long and storied friendship. 

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Kicking Off Military Family Month

Throughout our history, members of our military have put their lives on the line to defend our country and preserve our security. While this requires a tremendous personal sacrifice, it is also important to recognize the unyielding love and support tha... Read more »

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“America Must Always Lead”: President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates

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Graduating cadets listen to President Barack Obama deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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This morning, President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America's foreign policy agenda. In the President's remarks, he acknowledged that our world is changing with accelerating speed and that America must be equipped to respond to an increasingly dynamic environment.

It will be your generation's task to respond to this new world. The question we face; the question you will face; is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead, not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also to extend peace and prosperity around the globe.

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“We Stand in Awe of Your Service”: President Obama Makes a Surprise Trip to Thank Troops in Afghanistan

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U.S. troops react as they shake hands with President Barack Obama at Bagram Airfield in Bagram, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama made a surprise visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan today to thank the American troops and civilians stationed there for their service.

Following an opening performance by Brad Paisley, the President addressed about 3,000 troops in a hangar on the base.

He let them know that he was there "on a single mission" -- and that was to say thank you.

"I thank you as your Commander-in-Chief because you inspire me," the President said. "Your willingness to serve, to step forward at a time of war, and say 'send me,' is the reason the United States stays strong and free. Of all the honors that I have serving as President, nothing matches serving as your Commander-in-Chief."

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A Mother’s Day Tea with the First Lady and Dr. Biden

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