The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • 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.


  • West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

    This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.


  • A Day in the Life: The First Lady Talks Healthy Families in Miami

    We never know what curveballs life is going to throw at us. But we do know that those curveballs come. That’s why it’s so important that everyone – including healthy young adults – sign up for health insurance and get our friends and family to sign up too. Today, I'm traveling to Miami to meet with folks doing extraordinary work on the ground to get more people health coverage — and I'm taking over the @MichelleObama Instagram account to share it all with you.

    I hope you'll follow along and help me get the word out.

    Hi everyone, it's Michelle! I'm taking over the Instagram account today during my trip to Miami to talk about the health of our country's families, and why it's so important for everyone to #GetCovered. I hope you follow along. -mo


  • The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

    International Women of Courage Awards

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Departmentin Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    First Lady Michelle Obama joined Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom at the Department of State today to honor recipients of the International Women of Courage Award.

    "This is the sixth time that I’ve had the pleasure of attending this event, and it is one of the highlights of my year because I always walk away feeling inspired by these women, determined to reflect their courage in my own life,” Mrs. Obama said. “And I know I’m not alone in that feeling because every day, with every life they touch and every spirit they raise, these women are creating ripples that stretch across the globe."


  • First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China And Invites Young People to Participate

    Note: Visit WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Visit to sign up for email updates from the First Lady and get the latest news about the trip.

    On March 19th, I’ll be heading to China for an official visit – and I want young people like you across America to join me.

    Over the past five years as First Lady, I’ve traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey.  With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage.

    My husband and I take the time to visit countries like China because we know that today, more than ever before, our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world. 


  • The Week in Photos: Let's Move! Fourth Anniversary

    The First Lady kicked off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! last week by asking Americans across the country to show her how they are moving this country to a healthier new norm.

    She asked them to Tweet it, Facebook it,  or Instagram itusing the hashtag #LetsMove. She said if enough people showed us how they move, the President and the Vice President would show us how they move – and they delivered.

    For a full recap of this online campaign, check out the Let's Move! Storify page.

    And now, the week in photos:

    First Lady Michelle Obama at WAT-AHH event

    First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students after viewing WAT-AHH!'s "Taking Back the Streets" exhibit at the New Museum in New York, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014. Participants include Sophia Rose Stewart-Chapman, a 13 year-old 8th grader and her classmates from the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin School. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Jimmy Fallon

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins Jimmy Fallon onstage during "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" at the 30 Rock Studios in New York, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's appearance on Jimmy Fallon

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    Learn more about the school wellness event.

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez during a "Let's Move!" event in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Read the First Lady's remarks from Miami.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Find out more about this announcement.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Check out the news from Let's Move! Child Care.


  • Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    This week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and recognize a new child care provider signing on to support the program. Since launching in 2011, over 12,000 providers have committed to fostering healthy environments and instilling healthy habits among our nation’s preschoolers that will last a lifetime. Through Let’s Move! Child Care, providers are increasing physical activity, limiting screen time, serving healthier food and beverages, and supporting breastfeeding mothers. More than 1 million children are being reached by early childhood education networks that have committed to Let’s Move! Child Care.


  • West Wing Week 02/28/14 or "I Am My Brother's Keeper"

    This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move" Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.


  • Helping Families Make Healthier Choices: FDA to Update Nutrition Facts Label

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    This morning at the White House, the celebration of Let’s Move!’s fourth anniversary continued with another announcement demonstrating how the country is moving toward a healthier new norm. As part of continued efforts to ensure that parents have the information they need to make healthier choices, the First Lady was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label, which is on over 700,000 products that you find in your local grocery store.