Weekly Wrap Up: FLOTUS in China, March Madness, and More

This week, the President filled out his NCAA tournament brackets and awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans. The First Lady departed for China and visited the Forbidden City. See what else you missed in this week's weekly wrap up.


POTUS Fills Out His Brackets

For the sixth straight year, the President filled out his brackets for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. On the men’s side, he has Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, and Arizona headed to the Final Four, with the Spartans winning it all.

Too bad the President also had Duke going all the way to the Elite Eight.


24 Army Veterans Receive the Medal of Honor

On Tuesday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans for their service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Nineteen of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds.

“No nation is perfect,” the President said at the ceremony. “But here in America, we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”


President Obama's Nowruz Message

As families and friends gathered around the As families and friends gather around the Sofreh-e Haft Sin to celebrate Nowruz, President Obama offered his best wishes for the new spring and new year.

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In his message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world – including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.


The First Lady in China: Robotics Classes, Ping Pong, and More

The First Lady arrived in Beijing on Thursday, where she met with First Lady Peng Liyuan, visited the Beijing Normal School, and took in historic local sites. 

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Learn more about the First Lady's trip.


Visiting the Forbidden City with the First Lady

While in Beijing, the First Lady also toured the Forbidden City, which served as home to China's emperors for more than 500 years. The buildings and outdoor spaces are now part of a museum that visitors can tour and explore.

Read the First Lady's travel journal from her Forbidden City visit.


As always, to see even more of this week's events, watch this week's episode of West Wing Week below:

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