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23
Jul
15

First Lady Michelle Obama Champions Students

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion on higher education in the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college, as part of the “Reach Higher” initiative

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President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to the Beating the Odds Summit, part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Jayson Rodriguez: Michelle Obama Talks Ambition, Educations & #TodaysKidsWillNeverLearn

Michelle Obama is nothing if not gracious. Since moving to the White House in 2009 following her husband Barack Obama’s presidential election win in 2008, the Chicago native has used her mantle as the First Lady to fight for military families, children’s health and young people’s pursuit of education. Her charm, intellect and warm personality have created a collaborative environment where politics are left at the door and people connect to get things done.

First lady Michelle Obama puts her hand on the shoulder of Brown University student Manuel Contraries, the son of two Mexican immigrants, after he spoke about his freshman year at school, during an East Room event to welcome more than 130 college-bound students from across the county to participate in the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The summit is part of the first lady's Reach Higher initiative. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Do you find yourself being more ambitious about your designs to help young people now more than any other point in your life, and why?

I’ve always said that the role of First Lady comes with this big bright light that follows you wherever you go, and you have the privilege—and the responsibility—to shine that light on important issues and tell the stories that too often go untold. So I do find myself being especially ambitious right now, especially because so many of the issues I work on are deeply personal to me.

A perfect example is my Reach Higher initiative, an effort to inspire young people to continue their education past high school. My parents didn’t have college degrees, and while they loved and supported me, they really couldn’t help me with things like standardized tests and financial aid forms. So I often had to figure stuff out on my own, and I didn’t always get it right (I actually applied to one college simply because I liked the pictures in the brochure). And today, I have a chance to reach back and help young people struggling with these exact same challenges, and I intend to use my time as First Lady and beyond to do everything I can to empower them so they can fulfill their dreams.

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15
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran Nuclear Deal. The landmark deal will limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. The agreement, which comes after almost two years of diplomacy, has also been praised by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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Someone had fun today :)

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President Barack Obama says goodbye to Vice President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Finnegan Biden before departing the White House. It’s so beautiful to see how close the Obamas and Bidens are

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at Durant High School in Durant, Okla., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit to the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015.  The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama speaks on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit to the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation is the country’s third-largest Native American tribe

Choctaw Nation member Kelsey Janway wipes tears from her eyes as U.S. President Barack Obama tells her story about her efforts trying to get an internet signal as he visits with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015. Obama was in Durant speaking about  expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Choctaw Nation member Kelsey Janway wipes tears from her eyes as President Barack Obama tells her story about her efforts trying to get an internet signal as he visits with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit to a high school in the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015.  The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Spectators applaud as President Barack Obama speaks in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Spectators watch as President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. Obama unveiled a program to bring faster Internet connections to more low-income households, particularly to help students living in public and assisted housing stay ahead in school. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Choctaw girl waits to take a photo as U.S. President Barack Obama works a rope line after speaking on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma, July 15, 2015. The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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A young Choctaw girl listens and looks up at U.S. President Barack Obama as he shakes hands after speaking on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015.  The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after speaking at Durant High School in Durant, Okla., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

28
Apr
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe during an official arrival ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe during a Japanese immersion class at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia. The Japanese immersion is part of Virginia’s Fairfax County Public School’s World Languages Immersion Program, where elementary students learn math, science, and health through a foreign language

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, are greeted by students at Great Falls Elementary School

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe after they arrived at the north portico of the White House for a State Dinner

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First Lady Michelle Obama is in a Tadashi Shoji dress

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a toast with sake during a state dinner

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02
Apr
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Good riddance to a rubbish student

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Screw you, Cosmo

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