Cindi Leive: Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kerry Washington: The Important Cause Bringing Three Powerhouse Women Together
First Lady Michelle Obama and actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kerry Washington are sitting in the Blue Room at the White House. This trio of female forces, who know one another through their work on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, aren’t here just to catch up on life. They’re here today to spread a crucial message: This Memorial Day, America’s servicewomen, veterans, and military wives—courageous women—need our help. Over a decade ago, during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, our servicemen and -women were constantly in the public eye, in newspapers, music videos, car commercials. Today, most of the more than 2.5 million men and women who deployed are home safe—but they deserve just as much attention as when they were braving IEDs and insurgents.
During this reentry period, advocates point out, many veterans face hardships (from homelessness and unemployment to post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of sexual trauma), and we can’t underestimate the support they need. MO: One thing I want to clarify—that every service member, veteran, wants us to remember—is that the vast majority of people returning from service come back completely healthy…. But when we do come across someone who is struggling…we have to develop a culture of open arms and acceptance so that they feel comfortable saying, “I’m a veteran. And by the way, I need little help.” Think about the amount of training the average veteran has received through the military—physical training, project management training, public relations work. Think of an average tour of duty in a foreign land, the money we put into developing that, and then they’re discharged, and what, we let that investment go? Absolutely not. These are some of the best-trained people in our society.
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp, at the Warner Theater in Washington. From left are, Eleanor Traylor, English Professor at Howard University; poet Nikki Giovanni; Mrs. Obama; Postmaster General Megan Brennan; Oprah Winfrey, and artist Ross Rossin
President Barack Obama announces more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of STEM fields. This year’s White House Science Fair is focused on diversity.
President Barack Obama laughs as Stephanie Bullock, 15, of Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, far right, explains her team’s rocket design during the President’s tour of the White House Science Fair. With Bullock are Maria Haywood, 12, and Shimeeka Stanley, 14
"Science is for all of us. And we want our classrooms and labs and workplaces and media to reflect that." —President Obama #WHScienceFair
President Barack Obama poses with six-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Okla. during the White House Science Fair. The Girl Scouts, including, Emily Bergenroth, Alicia Cutter, Karissa Cheng, Addy O’Neal, and Emery Dodson, used Lego pieces and designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed or have arthritis
Sahil Doshi, 14, of Pittsburgh shows his carbon-dioxide powered battery idea to President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama tries out a wheelchair with a design modification that makes wheelchair movements easier by Kaitlin Reed, 16, of Dover, Mass., next to Mohammed Sayed, 16, of Cambridge, Mass., who is originally from Afghanistan, and designed a 3D-printed modular arm. Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year’s fair is focused on diversity.
Harry Paul, 18, of Port Washington, N.Y., shows President Barack Obama his “growing spine implant” that helps in the treatment of scoliosis
President Barack Obama deadpans a remark to reporters about how impressed he is by the work of Anvita Gupta, 17, from Scottsdale, Arizona, about developing a computer algorithm to assess drugs’ effectiveness in the fight against Ebola, Cancer, and Tuberculosis
"Today, I can announce that we have achieved that goal." —Obama on providing 98% of Americans with access to high-speed wireless internet
Victor Cruz of the NFL’s New York Giants smiles as President Barack Obama mentions him in his remarks
President Barack Obama reacts while listening attentively to Nikhil Behari, 14, from Sewickley, Pennsylvania, who is designing a biometric security system for computers to help identify a user by their typing style
"There’s always more to learn, to try, to imagine—and…it’s never too early, or too late, to create or discover something new." —Obama
Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ acknowledges applause as U.S. President Barack Obama mentions him in his remarks
President Barack Obama speaks with Kristian Sonsteby and Corine Peifer of Pennsylvania, about their invention of a power generator which stores energy created by the natural motion of a floating dock moving up and down with a lake’s natural currents
"That’s why we love science: It’s more than a school subject, or the periodic table...it is an approach to the world." —Obama #WHScienceFair
President Barack Obama speaks with Ruchi Pandya from San Jose, California, about her nanotechnology project to test biological samples
President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Md. SelectUSA, created in 2011, is the first-ever federal effort to bring job-creating investment to the United States, promoting the United States as the world’s premier business location, and providing easy access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment
Starbucks says let’s talk about race. People say okay, tell us about your hiring practices, wages and salaries, who sits at the power table, etc. Their corporate dude deletes his Twitter account and locks his Instagram account. That’s how Starbucks talks about race. Congratulations, cowards
Corporate White Dude: Let's talk about race! 😃 #RaceTogether
POC: Uh...ok. *talks about race
CWD: NOT LIKE THAT! 😭 *deletes account