WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences President Obama spoke about how important it is to invest in the future.
Obama said science could lose years of research by automatic spending cuts. He said science can't afford to stand still and we have to keep pushing forward.
"We will continue to push for advances in science and engineering, infrastructure and innovation. In education, in environmental protection, especially science based petitions to help us minimize and adapt to global threats like climate change. And I'm confident we'll meet that task because we've got you, brilliant and committed scientists to help us guide the way,” said President Obama.
And while President Obama visited the National Academy of Sciences and spoke of the potential of the future, former president Bill Clinton was in Washington to speak about remembering our past.
Clinton visited the National Holocaust Museum to commemorate the museum's 20th anniversary.
"Make sure that as direct memories fade away that the records, the pictures and the stories never die. To make sure that we will always be able to come here to remind us that no matter how smart a people are, if you have a head without a heart you are not human. To remind us of what happened once so that we may all be vigilant about stopping it from happening again,” said Clinton.
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors attended the event.