President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took to the stage Monday for a town hall-style event at the Lincoln Memorial.
It was the first public appearance for the president since he was sworn in in January and the first for Biden since he formally became vice president in April.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden talk during a town-hall-style rally in New Hampshire in June.
“It’s a new era of politics, and you’ll see a lot more of it in the future,” Obama said.
“It’s the time of new ideas, new policies, new leadership.”
The event was one of the first to take place under the newly inaugurated administration, which has made some big changes.
Biden, the longest-serving vice president since Ronald Reagan, said he would focus on health care reform.
The president said he was proud of his job and said he has a long way to go to put a plan into place that will get the economy moving again.
In a nod to Biden’s role as a surrogate for the administration, Obama made sure to mention his own experience as a former governor of Maryland.
Biden said he will “make sure I don’t get too caught up in politics” and to focus on making sure people have the best opportunities to pursue a job and “get ahead.”
Obama also told the crowd that he believes the United States has been better off under his presidency than it would have been without it.
“I think that is a fair assessment,” Obama told the room of about 3,000 people.
After his speech, Obama said he thinks he has “a better understanding of how to do it.”
“I’m hoping that I can say to the country this morning that, we will move forward,” he said.