The White House Blog: The First Lady
- Posted byon February 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM EDT
This week, the President hosted the first state visit for the French President in 20 years, signed the farm bill and raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. That's February 7th to February 13th or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red."
- Posted byon February 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT
Update: Read President Obama and President Hollande's remarks in an exchange of toasts at tonight's state dinner.
This evening, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a state dinner in honor of President François Hollande of France. The French State Dinner menu and theme was inspired by the shared history and friendship between the United States and France.
White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have created a menu that features delicacies from across the United States and celebrates the best of American cuisine. The menu incorporates produce grown by farmers across the country and those grown here at the White House in the White House Kitchen Garden.
Go behind the scenes in the White House kitchen to see how Chefs Comerford and Yosses prepared for tonight's meal, then check out what's on the menu below.
First Lady Michelle Obama Announces that the Construction Industry Will Hire 100,000 Veterans Over the Next 5 YearsPosted byon February 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM EDT
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed well over 300 stakeholders from the military, business community, and federal government at the first ever Veterans’ Employment in Construction Symposium at the Department of Labor. The First Lady announced that more than 100 companies in the construction industry are committing to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next 5 years.
- Posted byon February 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM EDT
This week, the President urged action on long-term unemployment, hung out on Google+ for his first virtual road trip, announced major private-sector commitments to expand broadband Internet for students, spoke with both House and Senate Democrats, and joined the First Lady for the National Prayer Breakfast. The First Lady helped students get a leg up with filing for financial aid, and the Vice President unveiled Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive.
- Posted byon February 6, 2014 at 6:16 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon February 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM EDT
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.”
- Posted byon January 31, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon January 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM EDT
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:
- Posted byon January 24, 2014 at 1:01 AM EDT
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!"
- Posted byon January 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM EDT
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!