The White House Blog: The First Lady
- Posted byon May 15, 2015 at 6:51 PM EDT
This week, the President traveled to Nike headquarters, welcomed entrepreneurs to the White House, sat down for a discussion on poverty in America, and took important steps to eliminate any ambiguity around the reforms that the Affordable Care Act calls for. The First Lady also had a busy week, which included delivering a powerful commencement address at Tuskegee University--the only university in America to be designated as a National Historic Site.
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.
Last Friday, the President dropped by Nike headquarters in Oregon to talk about the impact his trade deal -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- will have on American businesses, large and small. Manufacturing and exports help drive the success of our businesses and the financial security of our workers. Companies that export their goods and services pay their employees up to 18 percent more, and are more able to expand and hire.
In fact, Nike announced that the President's trade deal, if secured, could lead to the creation of up to 10,000 advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs -- and up to 40,000 indirect supply chain and services jobs -- here in the U.S. over the next decade.
- Posted byon May 13, 2015 at 1:04 PM EDT
Graduates react as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the commencement ceremony at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., May 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
It's commencement season.
As the President prepares to head to Connecticut to deliver the address to the United States Coast Guard Academy's graduating class of 2015 next week, we decided to pull together a few of our favorite commencement addresses from Administration officials.
We think you'll find them pretty inspiring. Have another commencement speech you love? Tweet them to me at @Holst44.
- Posted byon May 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM EDT
This past Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2015 at Tuskegee University -- a historically black university in Tuskegee, Alabama. Founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee is the only university in America to be designated as a National Historic Site.
- Posted byon May 9, 2015 at 6:34 PM EDT
To celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day and an early Mother's Day, the First Lady and Dr. Biden invited military-connected moms to the White House for their annual Mother’s Day Tea.
These mothers, grandmothers, and their guests enjoyed sandwiches, cupcakes, and shortbreads with a selection of teas and juices. Kids came too to make Mother’s Day gifts of petal potpourri, lace-topped cupcakes, and even potted-flower cakes.
The First Lady and Dr. Biden greeted the spouses, thanked all military-connected moms, and recognized their service.
- Posted byon May 8, 2015 at 12:57 PM EDT
This week, the President visited Lehman College in New York City for the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, taped an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration, announced his nominee for the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and presented the 2014 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. That’s May 1st to May 7th, or “Viva Los Estados Unidos!”
- Posted byon May 1, 2015 at 11:11 AM EDT
This week, the President hosted the Japanese Prime Minister, joked around at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, visited the Lincoln Memorial, took a walk with the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, and participated in a “virtual field trip.” That’s April 24 to April 30 or, “I Think That Works!”
- Posted byon May 1, 2015 at 9:37 AM EDT
Each year, the nation rallies behind promising athletes as they decide where they will take their prodigious talents. Families gather around the TV to watch the draft, commentators speculate on this prospect or the other and where they’ll play college football the next year, and fans daydream about what will become of their teams.
First Lady Michelle Obama believes that every student who has worked hard to achieve the monumental milestone of going to college should receive that same enthusiastic support, and that our country should celebrate college going with the same fervor.
Last year, the First Lady spoke at a College Signing Day event in San Antonio, Texas. Wearing her Princeton t-shirt, Mrs. Obama told her personal story as a first-generation college student and commended the seniors on how far they had come. In that speech, she also challenged the students to continue to push forward, saying:
Just getting into college isn’t the ultimate goal. You have got to stay focused once you get there, and you’ve got to get that degree or that certificate.
- Posted byon April 28, 2015 at 9:12 PM EDT
- Posted byon April 23, 2015 at 3:50 PM EDT
Yesterday marked the 10th year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, in order to give more kids an opportunity to grow and broaden their horizons, the White House expanded its program beyond the children of Executive Office of the President staff to include children from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Empowering Young Minds at the White House,” the programming was shaped around STEM education, the arts, and career exploration. Approximately 200 children began their day today by taking the Oath of Office, just as the President and all of his staff do. Following their oath, the children spent time in a variety of different activity stations including: a presentation from NASA; photo captioning with the White House Photo Office; creating circuits with stickers with the Office of Science and Technology Policy; printing on a 3D printer; and taste testing healthy cupcakes made by the White House Pastry Chefs. With the Japanese State Dinner right around the corner, the children also learned how to make origami frogs.
- Posted byon April 21, 2015 at 8:52 PM EDT
This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she will deliver commencement addresses at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) in Chicago, Illinois.
All three schools are doing their part to answer the President’s call to ensure that America has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.