The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • Show Your College Pride with First Lady Michelle Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama meets with students in a pre-K classroom at the Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate elementary school in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama meets with students in a pre-K classroom at the Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate elementary school in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on HomeRoom, the U.S. Department of Education's official blog. See the original post here.

    As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s effort to encourage children to reach higher and pursue higher education, she will be visiting San Antonio on Friday to speak at the city’s College Signing Day.

    College Signing Day is part of Destination College, a week of events started by Mayor Julián Castro to celebrate San Antonio as both a college town and a college-going town. To celebrate their commitment to higher education, San Antonio residents show their support by wearing college apparel on Signing Day. (Watch a video of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attending a Signing Day in San Antonio.)

    To inspire students across the country to consider applying to college, we’re encouraging journalists, celebrities, government officials, and YOU to wear college gear on Friday, May 2. It can be as simple as a hat, tie, sweatshirt, or socks – anything to help get the word out. We would be honored if you would join this effort and wear your college apparel on Friday and share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, or any social media platform using the hashtag #ReachHigher.

    In her remarks on Friday, the First Lady will highlight the significance of pursuing and completing some form of higher education and the importance of students doing their part to answer the President’s ‘North Star’ Education Goal that by the year 2020, America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.


  • Philanthropic Organizations Pledging More than $100 Million to Veteran and Military Communities

    First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr. Jill Biden and introducer Chrissandra Jackson, delivers remarks during a Joining Forces event at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr. Jill Biden and introducer Chrissandra Jackson, delivers remarks during a Joining Forces event at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014. As part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, they announced commitments and a pledge made by philanthropies nationwide to support veterans and military families. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    Today, as part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that the Council on Foundations will lead the philanthropic community in establishing the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, which will be an enduring forum for donors to communicate and share best practices about supporting the veteran and military communities.

    "We’ve got to show our veterans and military families that our country is there for them not just while they’re in uniform, but for the long haul," said the First Lady.

    The First Lady announced that the philanthropic community is pledging more than $100 million over the next five years to support veterans and military families. These commitments will fund organizations that support service members, veterans, survivors, and their families. The First Lady also called upon more donors to join this effort in order to fully support all those nonprofits and community groups that do such wonderful work for the military and veteran communities every day.


  • Weekly Wrap Up: POTUS Meets a Robot, and More

    This week, more than 30,000 guests stopped by the South Lawn for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll; the President traveled to Japan and Korea for his fifth trip to Asia during his time in office; the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that over half a million veterans and military spouses have been hired through Joining Forces; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.


    The Eggs They Are a-Rollin'

    Sports were played, books were read, and eggs were rolled on Monday as the President and the First Lady welcomed more than 30,000 guests to the South Lawn of the White House for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll.

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    See more from the Easter Egg Roll, and make sure to check out President Obama's inspired reading of "Where the Wild Things Are."


  • The First Lady Hosts the Ninth "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" at the White House

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    Yesterday marked the ninth year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” The program aims to bring girls and boys together to create a more equitable world at home, school, the workplace, and their greater communities. This year’s theme, “Plant a Dream at the White House: Grow Your Future in Public Service,” served as inspiration for the day’s programming.

    More than 180 children of employees of the Executive Office of the President spent the morning at the White House, exploring different career paths and, ultimately, cultivating their hopes and dreams for the future.


  • West Wing Week 04/25/14 or, "POTUS Dreams of Sushi"

    This week, the White House celebrated Easter, and the President began a week-long trip to Asia, while the First Lady and Dr. Biden hosted a Career Forum on Veterans Jobs. 


  • The First Lady and Dr. Biden Answer Your Questions on #JoiningForces

    On Wednesday, the First Lady and Dr. Biden visited Fort Campbell to speak with service members, families, and employers at the Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum. Afterwards, they fielded questions about Joining Forces from Americans across the country.

    Answering questions submitted via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden highlighted new tools for veterans, explained how Americans can get involved and help our heroes, and discussed why supporting our military families is such an important issue to them.


    Q: Why is supporting our military families an important issue to you & Dr. Biden? – Monica Pope of Houston, TX


  • Helping Employers Connect to Job Seeking Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

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    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell on Wednesday at a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum. 

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden's message was clear: our commitment to our service members and their families does not end when their service does, which is why they launched Joining Forces three years ago this month.

    Since then, companies who have made commitments to Joining Forces have hired over half a million (540,000) veterans and military spouses. Commitments from America’s biggest firms like UPS, who announced a doubling of their commitment to 50,000 new hires and Xerox who will has committed to hire 10,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years.


  • The 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

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    Today, President Obama and the First Lady welcomed more than 30,000 guests to the White House South Lawn for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

    This year’s theme was “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” which promotes the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The day's activities included live music performances, activity centers, cooking stations, storytelling, and, of course, Easter egg rolling.


  • Join Us to Celebrate Three Years of #JoiningForces

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a Joining Forces nurses event

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a Joining Forces nurses event in the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., April 11, 2012. Joing them on stage is Navy Lieutenant Commander Pamela Wall. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    Three years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a national campaign to rally all Americans to recognize, honor, and support our men and women in uniform and their families.

    And people around the country are stepping up. From a business owner making a commitment to hire veterans to a neighbor volunteering to a classroom making care packages, people across the country have found ways to show their support for service members and their families in all kinds of ways.

    Celebrate the anniversary of Joining Forces with us by sharing a message on social media, and finding ways to get involved.

    On Wednesday, April 23, the First Lady and Dr. Biden are heading to Fort Campbell to speak to service members, families, and employers at the Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum. Then, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will answer some of your questions about the initiative.

    Do you have a question about Joining Forces? Tweet it, Facebook it, or Instagram it and the First Lady might answer this week. You can start asking questions right now using the hashtag #JoiningForces.


  • Join Us: 2014 White House Spring Garden Tours

    This Spring, the White House will once again welcome guests from across the country to the South Lawn to view the White House Kitchen Garden and grounds. This special tour features the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the  White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegtable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

    These special tours are open and free to the public on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET.