The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • Fill Out Your FAFSA, Get Help Paying for College


    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    On Wednesday, during her visit to T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, First Lady Michelle Obama asked students a good question: Why would the First Lady of the United States come to a school and spend time with students “just to watch you fill out a computer form?”

    The answer is that filling out one particular form – the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is one of the most important things students and families can do in planning for college success.

    “You don’t have to be the valedictorian. You don’t have to major in a certain subject,” the First Lady said in her remarks. “You don’t even have to be at the bottom of the income ladder to receive the money.”

    There is no income cutoff to qualify for financial aid, and most federal student aid programs don’t take grades into consideration when you apply.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama: “I’m First”

    Last November, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. about the importance of higher education. In her remarks, Mrs. Obama talked about how education has created opportunity in her own life, working hard to attend and graduate from college.

    Today, we are releasing a special video message from the First Lady in which she talks about being the first in her family to attend college. This video is part of the “I’m First” storytelling project, which lifts up the stories of first generation college students in order to inspire future generations.

    As the First Lady says in her video, “no matter where you come from or how much money your family has, I want you to know that you can succeed in college, and get your degree, and then go on to build an incredible life for yourself.”

  • West Wing Week 01/31/14 or "West Wing Week Turns 200!"

    This anniversary episode, hosted by the President, coincides with this year's State of the Union Address. We'll take you behind the scenes and on the road to speak directly with Americans like you about your lives and your families, and how together we can make sure that every American who works and studies hard has a real chance to get ahead.

  • The First Lady's Box Seats at the 2014 State of the Union

    For nearly three decades, extraordinary Americans who exemplify the themes and ideals laid out in the State of the Union Address have been invited to join the First Lady in her viewing box. Learn more about the remarkable individuals who will join First Lady Michelle Obama for the 2014 State of the Union Address:

  • West Wing Week 01/24/14 or, "199!"

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President announced important reforms to the National Security Agency and new measures to prevent sexual assault, honored Martin Luther King with a service project at DC Central Kitchen, signed the 2014 appropriations bill into law to fund the government, and hosted a conference of mayors. That's January 17th to January 23rd or, "199!"

  • Hot Off the Press: You Won’t Want to Miss This Video

    Ed. note: The following blog post was cross-posted from Let's Move!

    Last week, the Miami Heat visited the White House to celebrate their 2013 NBA championship win. Rumor had it, during their visit, they teamed up with the First Lady in support of Let’s Move! to highlight the importance of eating healthy and drinking water to perform like a champion.

    Catch all the action in the PSA they recorded right here in the Diplomatic Room! And help spread the word about healthy eating by sharing the video with your friends and networks!

    Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to retweet and repost our messages about this exciting new clip!

  • Our 15 Favorite FLOTUS Moments for the First Lady’s 50th Birthday

    Today, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrates her 50th birthday. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite moments from the First Lady’s life. Starting from her days as little Michelle Robinson, all the way up to today, here are some of the best photos, videos, Instagram posts, Facebook posts and tweets of the First Lady of the United States. 

    1. Future First Lady Michelle Robinson grows up in Chicago, Illinois.

    2. Michelle Robinson marries Barack Obama. 

    3. The Obama family grows from two to four. 

    4. The First Lady attends the inaugural balls with her date, the 44th President of the United States.

    President and First lady at Inaugural Ball

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. January 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    5. Michelle Obama gets America moving and launches Let's Move!

    First Lady Michelle Obama runs with kids during the "Let’s Move!"

    First Lady Michelle Obama runs with kids during the "Let’s Move!" South Lawn series kick-off at the White House, May 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


  • West Wing Week 01/17/14 or, "Give Peace a Chance"

    This week, the President sat down for lunch with young organizers who are working to help implement the Affordable Care Act, hosted the President of Spain and the Miami Heat, traveled to the home of the Wolfpack to announce a new, public-private effort to support investment in our manufacturing sector, announced his nominee to run the Small Business Administration, and spoke on expanding college opportunity, alongside the First Lady.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts a Discussion on Education

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks prior to a screening of the movie "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," and a discussion in the State Dining Room

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks prior to a screening of the movie "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," and a discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House Jan. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Yesterday, to support the President’s “North Star” Goal -- that by 2020, Americans will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world -- First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with education stakeholders about the challenges and best practices regarding education access in underserved communities. As part of the event, guests participated in a screening of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, a coming of age story about two inner-city youth that display grit, resilience, courage even in the most hopeless circumstances. The movie's executive producer Alicia Keys opened up the event by talking about how she was personally inspired by the script. The First Lady then thanked the educators participating in the event for engaging on this issue: 

    I want to thank all of you for taking the time to participate in this screening and this discussion, and for the work that you're doing to move our kids forward and basically keep our country thriving and on top. And again, there's a reason why I invited you all here. We did this because for many of you, this movie isn’t just a powerful story of -- or a great piece of art.  For so many of you, it’s the reality you see every day in your classrooms and in your communities.

  • Expanding College Opportunity

    Tomorrow, December 16, college and university presidents and leadersfrom nonprofits, foundations, state governments, and the private sector will join President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to discuss expanding college opportunity.

    The day-long event will feature remarks from the President, First Lady, and senior administration officials, as well as a series of panel discussions.

    Additional information is available at, so check back to learn more. You can also tune in to to watch the event, starting at 9:00 am ET.