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The White House's 13 Favorite GIFs of 2013

In 2013, the White House joined Tumblr, and we’re taking stock as the year comes to a close. Since launching, we’ve grown to more than 80,000 followers (thanks guys!) – and there have been some pretty amazing GIFs. That’s where this post comes in.

Without further ado, here are our 13 favorite GIFs (that’s a hard ‘G’) from 2013:

1. We’ve added more than 8 million jobs over 45 consecutive months. In May, we animated the jobs chart to show you what that looks like:


2. And the deficit is falling fast. How fast? Wait for it


3. Marine One went into warp drive:


4. President Obama congratulated the US Naval Academy Class of 2013 on their graduation:


5. Sesame Street visited Pennsylvania Avenue.


6. …twice.


7. You’ve probably heard of The Great Gatsby. But what about The Great Gatsby Curve? It helps illustrate rising inequality.


8. If you missed First Lady Michelle Obama’s amazing #ThrowbackThursday, we don’t know what to tell you.


9. There was that moment in August where the White House got a new puppy:


10. And ahead of the government shutdown, President Obama delivered a statement from the Briefing Room.


11. At the end of November, President Obama pardoned a turkey.


12. And of course, we can’t forget our very first GIF from the Correspondents’ Dinner:


13. Not bad! We think it’s been a pretty good year for GIFs on the White House Tumblr. Raise your hand if you agree:


And for more from 2013, check out our full year in review.

If You Really Care About Ending Poverty, Stop Talking About Inequality

Economic inequality is the “defining challenge of our time,” President Barack Obama declared in a speech last month to the Center for American Progress. Inequality is dangerous, he argued, not merely because it’s unseemly to have a large gap between the rich and the poor, but because inequality, itself, destroys upward mobility, making it harder for the poor to escape from poverty. “Increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream,” he said.

Obama is only the most prominent public figure to declare inequality Public Enemy #1 and the greatest threat to reducing poverty in America. CAP’s new Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Princeton economist Alan Krueger, and economist Miles Corak (with his famous Great Gatsby Curve) have all argued that it’s harder for the poor to climb the economic ladder today because the rungs in that ladder have grown farther apart. In Krueger’s words, countries like the United States with high inequality tend to have less upward mobility “for children from low-income families.”

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