Archive for May 16th, 2014

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First Lady Michelle Obama At Senior Recognition Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama smiles after being introduced during Topeka Public Schools Senior Recognition Program in Topeka, Kansas

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KCTV5: Michelle Obama Urges Topeka Seniors To Help Break Barriers

To mark the 60th anniversary of a landmark school desegregation decision, first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Topeka on Friday to address graduating high school seniors.  First lady Michelle Obama said that young people who’ve grown up with diversity must lead a national fight against prejudice and discrimination because after six decades, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling against school segregation is “still being decided every single day.” Obama is participating in “senior recognition day,” in which she spoke to 1,000 seniors from Topeka’s public schools during an event at Landon Arena. “It’s really an honor. I’m glad to see her here,” Topeka High senior Corrie Barnes said. “We never have people really professional to come down here.” The White House noted that Topeka is home to the historic case that outlawed racial desegregation and declared education “must be made available to all on equal terms.” Her speech came the day before the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in the Brown case, which takes its title from a federal lawsuit filed by parents in Topeka.

She noted that her special assistant, Kristen Jarvis, is the grandniece of Lucinda Todd, a leader with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Topeka in the 1940s and 1950s, the first parent to sign onto the lawsuit challenging the city’s segregated schools. She said Todd, who died in 1996, is an example of people who “choose our better history.” “Every day, you have that same power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right, by sharing the lessons of Brown v. Board of Education, the lessons you learned right here in Topeka, wherever you go for the rest of your lives,” Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery. Jasmine Drone was excited about the address. “My sister graduated last year and she’s like, ‘I don’t remember who spoke,’ and that was just last year. It’s an honor because I’m going to remember this,” Drone said. Lauren Sherwood, who was picked to introduce Obama, concurred, saying having a first lady in Topeka is an honor. “If anyone would overshadow my graduation, I think first lady Michelle Obama would be the person to get away with that,” Sherwood said. “So I’m perfectly content with that.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during Topeka Public Schools Senior Recognition Program in Topeka, Kansas

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Brad Cooper: Michelle Obama Challenges Topeka Grads To Fight Inequality

Our water fountains aren’t segregated. Our movie theaters aren’t segregated. And our schools aren’t segregated. But in many ways we are still a separate-but-equal country, First Lady Michelle Obama told graduating seniors from five Topeka high schools Friday night. “Our laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but there’s nothing in our Constitution that says we have to eat together in the lunch room or live together in the same neighborhoods,” Obama told a full house at the 8,000-seat Kansas Expocentre. “There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny. Many school districts, she said, are withdrawing efforts to integrate their students and communities are becoming less diverse as people flee cities for the suburbs. “As a result, many young people in America are going to school with kids who look just like them,” Obama said. “And too often, those schools aren’t equal, especially ones attended by students of color, which too often lag behind with crumbling classrooms and less experienced teachers.”

“Too many folks are still stopped on the street because of the color of their skin, or they’re made to feel unwelcome because of where they’re from, or they’re bullied because of who they love.” The Brown decision, she said, isn’t about the past. It’s about the future. She called on students to battle deep-seated prejudices that persist years after the civil rights movement swept across the country. “Graduates, it’s up to all of you to lead the way and drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you,” she said. “When you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they’ve never heard any other viewpoints, it’s up to you to help them see thing’s differently.” Students were moved by the speech, especially Lauren Sherwood who introduced Obama on Friday night. “It’s absolutely insane. I can’t believe it just happened,” the Topeka High School student said afterward. “It will be hard for anything else in my life to top this.” Sherwood called the address “everything you could have hoped for in a graduation speech plus more.” “I had a little tear in my eye because it was just beautiful,” she said.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with high school students participating in the Wichita State University GEAR UP program as part of her Reach Higher initiative in Topeka, Kansas

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First Lady Michelle Obama listens to a question during a roundtable

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First Lady Michelle Obama leads the discussion during a roundtable with high school students at Monroe School in Topeka, Kansas

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West Wing Week, 5/16/2014

Friday is good!

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Keep chatting!

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May
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The First Lady at Senior Recognition Day, Topeka

If the Live Streaming doesn’t work, try CBS & Kansas First News

 

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May
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Chat on – Spring

A little taste of Spring for your Friday.

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Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

— Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Chat on, springbirds!

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May
14

The President and Vice President get some burgers

I must now visit the Shake Shack next time I’m in DC. My favorite? VP Joe getting the black and white milkshake. He came correct!

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Keep chatting, citizens!

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Operation American Spring

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And from our fearless leader:

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Chat on, patriots!

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May
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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, outside the Oval Office prior to a Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Specialist Sabo, May 16, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Kathleen Starkey, sister-in-law; Rose Sabo-Brown, widow; Frances Buccelli, mother-in-law (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

The President has no public events scheduled

1:0 EDT: Jay Carney briefs the press

7:0 EDT: Kansas First News will begin live streaming from the First Lady’s visit to Topeka where she will attend an event honoring the city’s high school graduates (Link)

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Completely Random Tweets

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Sorry everyone, no time for newsie stuff this morning, will catch up later-ish

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On This Day

President Obama cheers for his daughter Sasha’s soccer team at a park Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Remember this woman. She drove us NUTS!

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with students prior to her commencement speech at the University of California, Merced on May 16, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the first four-year graduating class at the University of California Merced, May 16, 200. (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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President Obama attempts to block a shot by personal aide Reggie Love during a basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. , Sunday, May 16, 2010. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, watches the play (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama receives an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from George Washington University’s Marshall Jill Kasle, as student Alison McDougal stands by, May 16, 2010

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President Obama hosts the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team for a ceremony honoring their 2011 NCAA national championship in the East Room of the White House, May 16, 2011

President Obama greets members of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team in the Green Room of the White House following an event celebrating the team’s 2010 NCAA basketball championship, May 16, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Washington, DC, May 16, 2011

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VP Biden in Salem, May 16, 2012

President Obama meets with small business leaders at Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich restaurant, with Small Business Administrator Karen Mills (L), May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC

President Obama holds up a hoagie he purchased after visiting Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich restaurant, May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC

President Obama has lunch with members of the Congressional Leadership in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, May 16, 2012. The President served hoagies from Taylor Gourmet, which he purchased after a small business roundtable earlier in the day. Seated, clockwise from the President, are: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Speaker John Boehner (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama presents Rose Mary Sabo-Brown with a Medal of Honor for her late husband, U.S. Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2012. Sabo was awarded the metal for his extreme acts of bravery while fighting in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Sabo picked up a live enemy grenade and threw it back while shielding a wounded comrade with his own body. He then charged an enemy position, throwing another grenade into an enemy bunker killing himself in the blast.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk to Rose Mary Sabo-Brown after the President presented her with a Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to her late husband, U.S. Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Emine Erdoğan, wife of the Prime Minister of Turkey, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, May 16, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama talks with Mark Childress, Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning, in the Oval Office, May 16, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey on the South Portico prior to a working dinner at the White House, May 16, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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