Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Howard Baker. Howard was many things over the course of his career – from Senate Majority Leader, to White House Chief of Staff, to Ambassador. Yet, it was his ability to broker compromise and his unofficial role as the “Great Conciliator” that won him admirers across party lines, over multiple generations, and beyond the state he called home. Over an 18-year Senate career, Howard fought for the people of Tennessee and helped lead America through difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Howard’s wife Nancy and the entire Baker family.
Today, the President will travel to Minnesota, where he'll meet Rebekah -- a mom from Minneapolis -- for the first in a series of "Day in the Life" trips he'll be taking around the country this summer.
During the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies that are half the size of their peers by age 3, putting them at a disadvantage before they even step foot in a classroom.