The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • Weekly Wrap Up: Climate Change Is Here, the President Is Taking Action, and More

    This week, the President attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner; the most comprehensive report on the effects of climate change was released, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with educators at the White House; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.


    President and Comedian-in-Chief

    Over the weekend, the President attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner and, in keeping with the dinner's tradition, assumed the role of Comedian-in-Chief in his remarks. From poking fun at the administration to jabs at the news media, many were roasted and few were spared.

    President Obama ended his remarks on a high note, thanking the White House Correspondents' Association for all of their hard work as the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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    And in case you missed it, two Vice Presidents opened the White House Correspondents' Dinner in a great new video.



  • West Wing Week 05/09/14 or, “Reach Higher”

     

    This week, the First Lady launched her new Reach Higher education initiative, while the President hosted two bilateral meetings and a press conference, let loose some humor at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and traveled to Arkansas and California.


  • Weekly Wrap Up: Ending Sexual Assault, Inspiring the Youth, and More

    This week, the President returned from his trip to Asia; we launched a new website to help end sexual assault violence; the First Lady encouraged students to reach higher by completing their education; Team USA took part in the Let's Move! Olympics Opening Ceremony; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.


    1 is 2 Many

    One in five college-aged women is sexually assaulted in college – most often by someone she knows. Earlier this week, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first-ever report, which included that unnacceptable statistic, and announced a series of actions to help address the problem and make sure victims know they are not alone. Vice President Biden, who championed the Violence Against Women Act in Congress back in 1990, spoke about the issue this week and revealed a new public service announcement about the issue:

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    In addition to the powerful video, we launched NotAlone.gov to make enforcement data and other sexual assault resources accessible to students and schools.


  • Reach Higher for College

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on The Huffington Post. See the original post here.

    It's easy to talk about the importance of college. But some folks really walk the walk.

    I had the thrilling opportunity to meet some of them a few years ago, when I joined the college signing day at YES Prep in Houston, Texas. As I told the audience that day, I was moved nearly to tears as students announced their college plans to a cheering stadium, and signed letters committing to their college. It was the kind of unbridled enthusiasm we usually reserve for sporting events – and yet it was also like a family reunion. It was overwhelming.

    Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will take that experience to a whole new level when she gives a name to her college access initiative, Reach Higher, at the culmination of a city-wide college celebration in San Antonio, Texas. All week, the entire city has been focused on the vital importance of getting a college degree. Today, the First Lady will witness an auditorium full of high school seniors committing to entering and completing college.


  • The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks in support of higher education during the fourth annual College Signing Day at the University of Texas at San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas, May 2, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks in support of higher education during the fourth annual College Signing Day at the University of Texas at San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas, May 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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    Today, the First Lady is heading to the University of Texas at San Antonio to talk to high school students during the city's fourth-annual College Signing Day. College Signing Day is part of Destination College, the city's week-long celebration to encourage students to pursue and complete some form of higher education. On Signing Day, to celebrate students' commitments to higher education, city residents will show their support by wearing college apparel.

    While in Texas, the First Lady will join in the celebrations by wearing her college t-shirt to encourage young people to take charge of their futures and complete an education beyond high school. Join in and encourage others to show their support by taking a photo in your college t-shirt and share it with the hashtag #ReachHigher.

    College Signing Day highlights the work that the First Lady has been doing across the country to help inspire more young people to reach higher and to rally the country around the President's "North Star" goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Today, she will be giving that effort a name and an aspiration: The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative

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  • 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.