Michelle Obama

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1 Feb, 2017
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Obamas lunch with Branson

The former President and First Lady have lunch with Branson and his family on the island of Anegada. Barack wears a black Nike polo shirt and shorts and a baseball cap. Michelle wears her hair in braids underneath a sun hat which she pairs with a white beach dress.

22 Oct, 2016
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Criticizes Michelle Obama’s Clinton support

Makes Statement

Trump criticizes Obama for her support of Clinton, drawing attention to comments she made in 2008 that were critical of Clinton.

I see how much [Michelle Obama] likes Hillary. But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, ‘If you can’t take care of your home,’ right? ‘You can’t take care of the White House or the country?’ Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.

The Obama campaign says the line, “If you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House,” was not directed at the Clintons and instead referred to their own struggle with parenting during a campaign.

Trump goes after Michelle Obama for backing Hillary Clinton

22 Aug, 2016
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Wraps up summer trip

Obama on a tripPresident Obama wraps up his final summer getaway to Martha’s Vineyard Sunday. He spends the morning on a final round of vacation golf before rolling out in his motorcade with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

25 Jul, 2015
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Opens 2015 Special Olympics

Gives Talk

Michelle Obama speaks at the opening ceremony for the 2015 Special Olympics:

Over the past few years, my husband and I have seen Americans unite in so many ways across the country. These games are a perfect reflection of that unity. They show us that we’re all in this together – that we can lift up our friends and neighbors, and that we can bring out the best in each other to reach even higher heights.

30 May, 2015
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Tribute

Tribute

President Obama says he and Michelle are grieving alongside the Biden family.

Michelle and I are grieving tonight.  Beau Biden was a friend of ours.  His beloved family – Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter – are friends of ours.  And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get…Beau took after Joe.  He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school.  He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General.  Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts…But for all that Beau Biden achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family…Beau Biden believed the best of us all.  For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher…Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.

14 Feb, 2015
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Spend Valentine’s Day apart, again

President Obama and the First Lady spend Valentine’s Day apart for the second year in a row. President Obama spends his Valentines Day in Palm Springs playing golf with some high school buddies, as he did last year. Michelle Obama tweets a picture of the two kissing:

Love is all you need. Happy Valentine’s Day Barak Mo

11 Jul, 2014
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Addresses LULAC in NYC

Announcement

Obama addresses the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Hispanic organization in the United States, at the LULAC Convention in New York City. Jennifer Lopez was in the building at the time introducing Los Jets, a reality show that she is involved in.  The group asked Lopez to stop in for a quick appearance with the First Lady, and she agreed to do so. The two embraced on stage and took time to take a “selfie.”

5 Jul, 2014
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Fights anti-obesity softening

Announcement

The First Lady is fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her anti-childhood obesity campaign.  She says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.”  She mocks the GOP in an opinion column in The New York Times:

Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.

30 Jun, 2014
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Essence Cover

Magazine Cover

obamaObama appears on the cover of Essence to discuss her passion for higher learning.

I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard.

18 Jun, 2014
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Supports immigration reform

Michelle attends a naturalization ceremony to show her dedication to improving immigration laws. She believes the immigration system is broken and supports a liberal immigration policy. In her speech to new citizens, she says that immigration is a top legislative priority for the president. She also tells stories of the contributions of various immigrants in the U.S. and notes that a good number are business owners or in the military. Michelle mentions that most Americans can trace their ancestry to an immigrant and defends,

As citizens we do not shut the doors of opportunity behind us. We preserve the opportunity of America.

17 Jun, 2014
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Receives plea for kidnapped boys

Obama receives a request to aid in a “Bring Back Our Boys’ campaign. Aliza Lavie, Knesser Committee For The Advancement of  The Status Of Women, creates a video to Obama concerning three Israeli boys abducted during a terrorist attack. The campaign for their return has support in Israel and various countries, but now Aliza turns to America.

Aliza Lavie – Michelle Obama help us: bring back our boys

11 Jun, 2014
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Announces winning recipes

Obama, Epicurious and the Departments of Education and Agriculture announce the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Of the 1,500 entries, a recipe was chosen in each U.S. state, District of Columbia and three territories. The winning children were chosen by a panel of judges, who had to adhere to USDA’s MyPlate guidelines. Winners will lunch with Obama and visit the White House Kitchen Garden. All winning recipes are available to the public for free. Some of the winning recipes include:

DC: Healthy Grains, Squash, Apples, Sausage and Kale

Florida: Fish Cartucho Al Gabusho

Puerto Rico: Salmon and Salad Island Deluxe

7 Jun, 2014
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Maya Angelou funeral

Gives Talk

Obama speaks at Maya Angelou’s private memorial service. In her speech, she mentions how Angelou taught women self-worth and was an inspiration in her own life.

That was the power of Maya Angelou’s words, words so powerful they carried a little black girl from the south side of Chicago all the way to the White House.

Full Remarks: First Lady Michelle Obama

3 Jun, 2014
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Democratic fundraiser

Attends fundraiser in Boston for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Michelle talks about the importance of Democratic voter turn out in order to “retake the house” in 2014 midterm elections. She also highlights accomplishments of the Obama Administration to include improvements in clean energy, healthcare and the termination of Osama Bin Laden. Michelle says that despite these accomplishments, if Democrats lose the midterm elections, it will be a setback for the progress made by the Obama Administration.

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Responds to school lunch critics

At a donor fundraiser, Obama responds to Republicans who challenge her efforts to create national mandates for school lunches. She comments that her national lunch standards are drafted by experts using science, so the controversy over it is misplaced. She claims that Republicans in Congress have been attempting to block her efforts to fight child obesity, and that they will continue to criticize her campaign. However she will continue, and states that tax payer money should not be spent on feeding children unhealthy meals.

As parents there is nothing we wouldn’t do for our kids-nothing.

20 May, 2014
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Speak out against racism

Gives Talk

Obama encourages students to speak out against racism in a high school ‘senior recognition day” speech in Kansas. She tells students to monitor when racial comments are heard, especially in their household. When a comment is heard, she encourages students to challenge that person. She notes that there are limitations to the law when dealing with racism, so it is up to individuals to make a change. She informs them that segregation is occurring in some areas, and gives several ideas on how students can support diversity for the future.

But no matter what you do, the point is to never be afraid to talk about these issues, particularly the issue of race.

10 May, 2014
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US first lady condemns kidnapping

Speaking on the eve of Mother’s Day, Michelle Obama condemns the kidnapping in the White House weekly radio and Internet address.  She asks the nation to pray for the girls’ safe return and for their families.  She also notes that 65 million girls around the world aren’t in school and stresses the importance of education everywhere.

In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.

This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls. Let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult time, and let us show just a fraction of their courage in fighting to give every girl on this planet the education that is her birthright

Weekly Address: The First Lady Marks Mother's Day and Speaks Out on the Tragic Kidnapping in Nigeria

13 Feb, 2014
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Michelle Obama interview

Interview

Seacrest interviews Michelle Obama during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions her about her Valentines Day plans.

He [President Obama] celebrated me so well—he did a great job. I had a great couple of weeks, so I think we’re going to low-key it for Valentine’s Day. It feels like we just finished celebrating my birthday so I think we are going to low-key it.

15 Mar, 2013
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Vogue cover

Magazine Cover

1363362592_michelle-obama-articleObama appears on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Vogue in her own dress.

I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do … I also believe that if you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well. In every interaction that I have with people, I always want to show them my most authentic self.

22 Feb, 2013
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Evolution Of Mom Dancing

TV Appearance

In support of Michelle Obama Let’s Move campaign, and to encourage parents everywhere to get up and get moving with their kids, Fallon and Obama present different mom dances over the years. The two perform dances such as raise the roof, the hip bump, the sprinkler, the reel it in and several other dances.

Evolution Of Mom Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama) (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

1 Apr, 2009
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O Magazine Cover

Magazine Cover

obamaObama speaks about living in The White House:

And it’s a beautiful home. When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on—it’s just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people’s house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America.

 

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O Magazine interview

Interview

First Lady Michelle Obama gives an interview to Oprah for O Magazine about her first week in the White House.

Well, we still had family here, so it was almost like a wedding. A huge, very complicated wedding. The last visitors didn’t leave until Sunday. And then the first Monday was kind of weird. You know: Now we live here, and Barack is getting up and going to work, and it’s just us. This is our home now. But the kids didn’t act any differently.

6 Aug, 2008
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People cover

Magazine Cover

obamasThe Obamas appear on the cover of People giving a view into their hectic home life. Michelle on whether she envisioned her husband running for president:

Whooo-boy! No. To me, life was you get married, you have kids, you buy a home. I thought Barack would be a partner at a law firm or maybe teach or work in the community. We’d watch our kids go to college and go to their weddings and take care of the grandkids and that was it.

3 Oct, 1992
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Robinson, Obama marry

Marriage

Obama WeddingAfter three years of dating Barack Obama marries Michelle Robinson at Trinity United Church in Chicago, Illinois. At the wedding, their first dance is to Stevie Wonder’s You and I. Michelle says that in Barack’s vows, he promises her a life that will be interesting.  At the time she is 28 and he is 31.

1985
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Graduates from Princeton

Graduation

Obama graduates from Princeton with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in African-American Studies. During her time at Princeton, she is a member of the Third World Center and Organization of Black Unity. She graduates with cum laude honors. About her freshman year she says,

Neither of my parents graduated from college, so when I got to campus as a freshman, I’ll admit I was a little overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to choose my classes, or find the right classrooms. I didn’t know how to furnish my own dorm room.

17 Jan, 1964
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Michelle Obama born in Chicago

Birth

Michelle Lavaughn Robinson is born in Chicago, Illinois to Fraser Robinson III and Marian Shields Robinson. Michelle is the second child to brother, Craig Robinson.

Her early education includes Bryn Mawr Elementary School  and Whitney Young Magnet High School. As a high school student, Michelle is the Student Council Treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society. Her father dies of multiple sclerosis in 1990, leaving her mom to raise her and her brother in their South Side home.

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