The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

     

    This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick's day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.


  • 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.


  • The First Lady's Travel Journal: Touring the Forbidden City

    Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady's posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip.


  • The First Lady's Travel Journal: Our Official Visit to China Begins

    Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady's posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip.

    Watch on YouTube


  • Participate in the First Lady’s China Trip from Anywhere

    Note: Don’t miss a moment of the trip. Sign up to get the First Lady’s blog posts, videos of events and photos delivered right to your inbox. 

    This week, First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to China for an official visit – and she’s inviting young people across America to join her. During her trip, Mrs. Obama will meet with students at the Stanford Center at Peking University, Beijing Normal School and Chengdu No. 7 High School to discuss the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries. She'll also visit historical and cultural sites, from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors, and will be sharing it all with you!

    Here’s how people in the U.S. -- and around the world -- can participate and follow along:

    • The First Lady's travel journal: Each day, the First Lady will post a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos (and you can sign up to get the latest entries delivered to your inbox).
    • Podcast series: In an audio series, First Lady Michelle Obama will share some of the interesting facts about Chinese history and culture as she experiences it.
    • Ask the First Lady: In the weeks leading up to the trip, hundreds of young people submitted questions for the First Lady. During the visit, Mrs. Obama will record video responses and engage directly with young people on social media. Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinChina to discuss the trip and ask questions on Twitter or Instagram.
    • Follow on social media: You can follow along through the First Lady’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.


  • The First Lady Encourages Military Families to Get Covered

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the White House Blog. See the original post here.

    Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Google+ Hangout to provide uninsured veterans, their family members, caregivers, and advocates information about health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged uninsured veterans who are not eligible for coverage by the VA and their families to sign up for health care in advance of the March 31 deadline.

    "The deadline for signing up is March 31st. So talk to your friends, your family, your neighbors … send them to the website right now, and keep on them until they sign up. Because all Americans deserve the security of knowing that you’ll have health care when you need it – especially families like yours who have already given so much to this country," said the First Lady.

    The Affordable Care Act helps honor our commitment to veterans by strengthening affordable health care options for their families. "The last thing our veteran families need is the stress of worrying that one accident or illness could mean losing everything you’ve worked so hard for," said the First Lady. "But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that weight is being lifted."

    If you don't already have health insurance, as of today, there are just 17 days left to enroll in health care coverage at HealthCare.gov before open enrollment ends on March 31. At HealthCare.gov you can compare your options based on price, benefits, quality, and other features, and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and your budget.

    Kasie Coccaro is Associate Director of Online Outreach for the White House Office of Digital Strategy.


  • The First Lady Encourages Military Families to Get Covered

    Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Google+ Hangout to provide uninsured veterans, their family members, caregivers, and advocates information about health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged uninsured veterans who are not eligible for coverage by the VA and their families to sign up for health care in advance of the March 31 deadline.

    "The deadline for signing up is March 31st. So talk to your friends, your family, your neighbors … send them to the website right now, and keep on them until they sign up. Because all Americans deserve the security of knowing that you’ll have health care when you need it – especially families like yours who have already given so much to this country," said the First Lady.

    The Affordable Care Act helps honor our commitment to veterans by strengthening affordable health care options for their families. "The last thing our veteran families need is the stress of worrying that one accident or illness could mean losing everything you’ve worked so hard for," said the First Lady. "But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that weight is being lifted."

    If you don't already have health insurance, as of today, there are just 17 days left to enroll in health care coverage at HealthCare.gov before open enrollment ends on March 31. At HealthCare.gov you can compare your options based on price, benefits, quality, and other features, and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and your budget.


  • West Wing Week 03/14/14 or "What's Up, Captain America?"

    This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the President's inauguration, while the President worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about this year's March 31st deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument. 


  • First Lady Screens Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted" for Military Families

    First Lady, General Dempsey, and Kermit the Frog

    First Lady Michelle Obama, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Kermit the Frog deliver remarks to military children and families prior to a Joining Forces movie screening of Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted," in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Yesterday at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and Kermit the Frog hosted military children and families from different organizations to view an advance screening of Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted." Before the film screening, the First Lady spoke to the military children and families in attendance and shared how important military families’ service is to this country. On the subject of military children, the First Lady stated:

    I get to travel all around the country and I meet a lot of kids. And let me tell you, I am most impressed by our military kids, because I know you guys have a lot on your plates. When your parents are deployed, you have to be big boys and girls. You have to get your homework done. You have to stay out of trouble. You have to help out with your brothers and sisters, right? You have to behave. You have to be strong and brave.

    At the end of the remarks, Kermit was presented a military challenge coin by General Dempsey, who stated:

    I would like to take this opportunity to make a special presentation to Kermit, because of what Kermit has done for all of [our military families]. I’d like to give Kermit, as the senior Muppet, a coin from the senior military officer.

    Kermit was honored to receive this coin and saluted the crowd.

    The First Lady and Joining Forces are pleased to host military families as a way to show we all recognize and deeply appreciate their service. To learn more about how to get involved with military families, veterans, and service members, please visit whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/get-involved.

    Rory Brosius is the Deputy Director for Joining Forces.


  • A World-Class Education for Every Student in America

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Florida,

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd after the President spoke at Coral Reef Senior High School, Fla., March 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Today, President Obama and the First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami to discuss the President's plan to equip all Americans with the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

    “By working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future,” President Obama told the students. “And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.” 

    President Obama talked about one tool that’s helping give more students the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college: the Free Application for Student Aid or FAFSA.

    It is a simple form. It used to be complicated; we made it simple. It doesn’t cost anything -- that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name. It does not take a long time to fill out. Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college -- scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs. 

    Over the last five years, the Obama administration has been working to make college more affordable for more students. And today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. But we have to do more, President Obama said.