By 'banning the box,' he's setting a strong example the rest of the nation should follow.
Earlier today, President Obama issued an executive order "banning the box" for federal government employees.
What does this mean? Well, you know how on job applications, there's sometimes a little box that asks whether or not you've been convicted of a crime? With the wave of a pen, Obama just ordered that box to be removed from applications for jobs within the federal government, saying, "We can't dismiss people out of hand simply because of a mistake they made in the past."