The White House Blog: The First Lady
- Posted byon July 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM EDT
Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.
Today, the First Lady welcomed fifty-four young chefs from all over the country to the State Dining Room for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner. These 54 kids were selected from more than 1,500 recipes that were submitted for the Epicurious Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. From the décor to the talent, food, and big smiles, the White House was bustling with our next generation of kids encouraging healthy habits.
The kids heard from the First Lady, tasted delicious meals, and enjoyed live entertainment all before taking a stroll to the White House Kitchen Garden. There were so many amazing moments from this year’s Kids State Dinner but here’s a “taste” of some of our favorites:
1. Enjoying the Healthy Lunches
From Black Bean Burgers to Smoky Southwestern Vegetable Dip, the lunch cooked up by White House chefs of the winning recipes was healthy and scrumptious! Make sure to check out how to cook up these great recipes in your own kitchen at home!
- Posted byon July 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT
This week, President Obama addressed the crash of Flight MH17, talked about investing in our country's infrastructure, and continued to take important steps to respond to a changing climate -- and the First Lady hosted the Kids' State Dinner, featuring 54 delicious recipes from around the country.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
Today, President Obama delivered a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17:
Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border. Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken -- men, women, children, infants -- who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.
President Obama noted that this was "a global tragedy -- an Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies, filled with citizens from many countries." And as a result, there now needs to be a credible, international investigation into exactly what happened.
- Posted byon July 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM EDT
This morning at 11:25 a.m. ET, we'll be streaming the 2014 Kids' State Dinner live from the White House.
More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year, featuring wholesome and tasty ingredients such as squash, ground turkey, salmon, and kale. Watch the winning recipes being selected for the 2014 Kids' State Dinner below -- and tune in to the Kids' State Dinner live today at 11:25 a.m. ET.
- Posted byon July 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM EDT
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech during the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles. The summit, which gathered local officials, service providers, researchers, and funders, identified best practices in housing and employment for veterans and their families, and was a shining example of community collaboration.
The event — co-hosted by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco — gave Los Angeles community leaders an opportunity to learn about the issues impacting veterans and their families, and to accept the challenge of addressing and ending them. As one formerly homeless veteran noted, "We are here to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.”
- Posted byon July 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM EDT
Ed. note: This live event has concluded.
Today at 2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles, an event hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Southern California.
As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, the First Lady is teaming up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to highlight the importance of aiding veterans as they transition into the next phase of their lives. Mayor Garcetti has joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015.
- Posted byon July 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM EDT
This March, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to China with her mother and her daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama. Mrs. Obama’s trip to China underscored the mutual emphasis placed on education by the U.S. and China and the importance of cultural exchanges between each nation’s youth. While there, the First Lady met with students from both countries and explained that the defining challenges of our time - from climate change to economic opportunity – are shared challenges that the next generation will need to solve by working together across borders.
This week, the U.S. and China held meetings for the sixth round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), and the fifth annual Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Beijing. The S&ED, which was co-led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, focused on addressing shared strategic and economic challenges and opportunities. The CPE, which was led by Secretary Kerry, focused on strengthening ties between the two peoples through cultural, scientific, educational, and technological exchange. The First Lady delivered a message to the CPE, which was read by her Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, who is serving as the Women’s Pillar Lead for the U.S.-China People-to-People Exchange.
You can read the full message from First Lady Michelle Obama here and below:
Good Morning. I am pleased to send my warmest greetings to all those gathered at the opening of the fifth round of the United States-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Beijing, China. I would like to send my thanks to President Xi Jinping, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and the entire Chinese delegation for hosting the United States’ delegation this year.
- Posted byon July 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM EDT
Yesterday, true to tradition, the President and First Lady celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, concert, and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.
- Posted byon July 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM EDT
This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Minneapolis, nominated a new VA Secretary, and caught some World Cup fever.
- Posted byon July 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM EDT
In keeping with the President and First Lady's commitment to open the People's House to as many people as possible, tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are back and now available to community organizations as well as school groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. Come smell the beautiful, brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, including herbs grown from Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello; see the vibrant flowers in the Pollinator Garden; and hear the bees buzzing around the White House Beehive.
Nestled on the White House South Lawn, the Kitchen Garden is home to different fruits, vegetables, and herbs each growing season. The First Lady planted the White House Kitchen Garden in 2009 to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation and to serve as an inspiration for schools and community groups across the country to plant gardens of their own. Now nearly five years later, the Kitchen Garden is as healthy as ever and is an example of just how easy it is to plant a garden in your backyard, school, or community space.
So if you haven’t already started your own garden, click here to check out the Let’s Move! Gardening Guide, which has all the information you need to get planting!
- Posted byon June 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM EDT
Rhia Hardman, whose father and stepmother were both crack addicts, had to survive sometimes as a child without water or electricity. And Rashema Melson, whose family has been homeless for years, experienced times when she didn't have clean clothes to wear to school.
But today, Rhia is a graduate with honors from Virginia State University. And Rashema, who just graduated as the valedictorian of her class, is attending Georgetown University this fall on a full scholarship.
And as the First Lady said at last night's DC College Access Program graduation celebration, Rhia and Rashema aren't the only ones with similar stories of struggle and success.
"So many of you have stories just like these," Mrs. Obama told the graduates. "Stories of families who couldn’t support you, of communities where you weren’t safe, schools that maybe didn’t always live up to your promise. But ultimately, despite it all, you chose to succeed."