White House Zeroes In on Women and Economy

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President Obama speaks today at a White House forum devoted to women and the economy, both key themes in the 2012 election.

A White House report released today to coincide with the forum highlights the steps the administration has taken in this area over the past three years.

This evening, the president and first lady  mark the start of Passover with a seder at the White House.

Reflecting on the message of Passover, the president said the biblical story of  Exodus is "as relevant as ever."

"Jews around the world will renew their faith that liberty will ultimately prevail over tyranny. They will give thanks for the blessings of freedom, while remembering those who are still not free. And they will ask one of our life's most difficult questions: Once we have passed from bondage to liberty, how do we make the most of all that God has given us?" Obama said in a videotaped  message.

"This question may never be resolved, but throughout the years, the search for answers has deepened the Jewish people's commitment to repairing the world, and inspired American Jews to help make our union more perfect. And the story of that first Exodus has also inspired those who are not Jewish with common hopes, and a common sense of obligation," he said.

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