By Geneva Sands - 02/25/13 03:30 PM EST
Obama on Sunday hosted the nation’s governors at a White House dinner, praising their accomplishments and urging them to continue working with him.
“We know we’ve got more work to do — more jobs to create and more children to educate, and more roads to repair,” Obama said in his remarks in the State Dining Room. “The task before us is to find smart, common-sense solutions to each of these challenges that we can move forward on. And I’m looking for good partners,” he added. “Because while nobody in this room sees eye to eye on everything, we know that when we work together — Democrats and Republicans, North, South, East and West — we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own.“
The governors are in Washington this week for the annual conference of the National Governors Association. First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will also deliver remarks.
The first lady is expected to urge governors to take executive actions and advocate for legislation in their states that would help veterans find work, The Associated Press reported Monday.
According to the report, Michelle Obama will call on governors to find ways to grant returning military members professional credentials and licenses based on their training and experience in service. The first lady and Jill Biden have advocated for veterans through their "Joining Forces" initiative.
"We have to rally around for these families. We have to be that safety net for them because they're leaving to serve us. They're fighting for the rights and freedoms of all of us. And that's what's moved me about this effort," Obama told ABC News last year.
— Meghashyam Mali and Justin Sink contributed to this report.