Posts Tagged ‘japan

19
Nov
15

The President’s Day In Manila

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Filipino President Benigno Aquino III as he arrives for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting in Manila, Philippines, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mast Irham/Pool

President Barack Obama is greeted by Filipino President Benigno Aquino III as he arrives for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting in Manila, Philippines

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, wait for the press to arrive during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talk during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, listens as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talks during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, gets caught in his chair as he stands to shake hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, takes part in a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the APEC Summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama, right, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, share a laugh during their bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Trudeau says his country will remain a strong member of the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Trudeau and Obama are speaking to reporters after their first formal meeting since Trudeau took office earlier this month. Trudeau ran on a promise to pull Canada's fighter jets out of the U.S.-led air campaign against IS. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporters question during a meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Obama says Trudeau is a "great boost of energy" for Canada's political landscape. He says he hopes Trudeau will visit the White House early next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Peru President Ollanta Humala (center L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (center R) talk as they arrive to participate in the APEC Summit retreat session on regional economic integration, in Manila, Philippines, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Peru President Ollanta Humala and President Barack Obama talk as they arrive to participate in the APEC Summit retreat session on regional economic integration

President Barack Obama, center, walks with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, as they arrive for a group photo with leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama walks with Mexico’’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canada’’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as they arrive for a group photo with leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Peru's President Ollanta Humala as they wait for a group family photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Pictured from top left, Hong Kong's Chief Executive is Leung Chun-ying, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , South Korea President Park Geun-hye, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. front row from left, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang, U.S. President Barack Obama, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Taiwan envoy Vincent Siew. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Peru’s President Ollanta Humala as they wait for a group family photo. Pictured from top left, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive is Leung Chun-ying, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , South Korea President Park Geun-hye, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. front row from left, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang, U.S. President Barack Obama, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Taiwan envoy Vincent Siew

President Barack Obama, third right in front, poses for a family photo with other leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Leaders in front row are, from left, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang, Obama, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Taiwan's envoy Vincent Siew. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

07
Jun
15

Germany: The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama arrives at the summit of G7 nations on June 7, 2015 in Kruen, Germany. In the course of the two-day summit G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss global economic and security issues, as well as pressing global health-related issues, including antibiotics-resistant bacteria and Ebola

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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak at the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

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President Barack Obama is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer at the summit of G7 nations

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President Barack Obama enjoys a non-alcoholic weissbier

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Justin Huggler: Why is Barack Obama drinking beer at 11am?

Angela Merkel welcomed Barack Obama to the G7 summit with a traditional Bavarian breakfast on Sunday – complete with a half-litre of beer.But before he could get down to business, Mrs Merkel treated him to a full Bavarian breakfast of white sausages, pretzels and foaming lager. Eleven in the morning might be considered a little early for a beer in some parts of the world, but in Bavaria breakfast is not complete without a weissbier, as the local wheat beer is called.

It’s not quite as hard-drinking as it sounds: Bavarians don’t down a quick pint before heading to the office every morning. It originates in Frühschoppen – a local tradition of meeting for a drink late in the morning on Sundays and holidays. According to Bavarian custom, the sausages cannot be eaten after 12 noon, because no preservatives are used and they are made fresh every day. Therefore those who wish to wash their sausages down with a beer must get supping before that time. The local saying is that the sausages must not be allowed to hear the church bells chime noon.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper speak with President Barack Obama at an evening concert

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resident Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sit down for a working dinner at the summit of G7 nations

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(Clockwise from L) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk sit down for a working dinner

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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20
Mar
15

Rise and Shine: The First Lady in Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Manaka Hirose after playing the Taiko with the Akutagawa high school Taiko (Japanese traditional drum) Club at the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:0: White House Press Briefing

2:25: The President hosts the Second-Annual White House Student Film Festival; East Room

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@FLOTUS: Flying over Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, on the way to Kyoto.

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AP: First Lady gets taste of Japan’s ancient culture in Kyoto

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was treated to a serene classical Noh performance and then tried the taiko drums as she ended her visit to Japan on Friday with a taste of traditional culture in Kyoto, one of the country’s ancient capitals.

Mrs Obama viewed the Noh performance at Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple founded in 780 that is one of the most famous sights in Japan, sitting on a forested hill overlooking the city.

Local college students in kimono performed a brief piece of Noh, a classical Japanese musical drama that usually employs elaborate costumes and stylized masks to symbolize roles of women, ghosts and other characters.

While at Kiyomizu-dera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose name means “clear water,” Mrs. Obama observed a traditional tea ceremony. She then traveled across town to the 1,300-year-old Fushimi Inari shrine, a place of worship for Japan’s other major religion, Shinto….

There she watched a rousing performance by the award-winning Akutagawa High School Taiko Club, who drummed, jumped and gesticulated with all their might…. The students then invited Mrs. Obama to join them, and performed a number as she and a student drummed on a big, round taiko drum.

Soon after, Mrs Obama left Japan, one of Asia’s richest nations, for Cambodia, one of Asia’s poorest.

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@FLOTUS: Taking in a beautiful view of Kyoto from the Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple with Ambassador @CarolineKennedy

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First Lady Michelle Obama & Jack Schlossberg, son of Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, visit the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto

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First Lady Michelle Obama, US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Kennedy’s son John Schlossberg and Buddhist monk Eigen Onishi watch a Noh performance, a form of classical Japanese musical drama, on the main temple stage as they visit at Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple in Kyoto, western Japan

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First Lady Michelle Obama watches a student perform a Noh play during a visit to the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto

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@FLOTUS: Japanese tea for two

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Manaka Hirose after playing the Taiko with the Akutagawa high school Taiko

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The First Lady waves goodbye on leaving Haneda International in Tokyo before flying on to Cambodia

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First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia

19
Mar
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff following the arrival of First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, at the Palacio do Alvorada in Brasilia, Brazil, March 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:15: The President attends an event at the Department of Energy

12:0: White House Press Briefing

2:05: The President meets with Charlie and Camilla Windsor of England

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@FLOTUS: Say cheese! All smiles with kids at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese PM

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First Lady, US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy & Akie Abe, wife of Japanese PM, at a Joint Girls Education Event in Tokyo

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe share a chuckle

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On This Day

Senator Barack Obama at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, March 19, 2005

President Obama practices his golf swing at an outdoor hold prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and L.A. Mayor Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gestures while speaking at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shares a moment with Jay Leno off set of the Tonight Show at NBC Studios, Burbank, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks to a Member of Congress while en route to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to deliver remarks on health insurance reform, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks on health insurance reform at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on March 19, 2010

President Obama calls a Member of Congress to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama calls a Member of Congress about health care reform from the Oval Office, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Arriving at Brasilia Air Base, Brazil, March 19, 2011

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President Obama talks on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office, March 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed during a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, N.Y., March 19, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office of the White House, March 19, 2013

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MoooOOOooorning!

18
Mar
15

The First Lady Travels To Japan And Cambodia

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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Japan And Cambodia

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Japan for a three-day visit designed to highlight her global women’s education initiative.

The First Lady landed late Wednesday in the capital, Tokyo.

On Thursday, she will hold separate meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie. She also plans to meet with the Emperor and Empress of Japan before heading to Kyoto, on Friday.

A White House statement said the First Lady will announce a partnership between the U.S. and Japan on the Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to help educate the 62 million girls globally who do not attend school.

On Friday, she will head to Cambodia, which is one of 11 countries initially included in the initiative. It is the first time that a sitting U.S. first lady has visited the Southeast Asian country.

In Cambodia, Michelle Obama will meet Bun Rany, the Cambodian first lady. She will also meet meet volunteers with the U.S. Peace Corps program, which will play a key role in helping expand access for schooling for girls.

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Instagram: A stunning view flying over Alaska’s Chugach Mountains

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The First Lady:

This week, I will be traveling to Japan and Cambodia — and I want young people like you across America to join me!

This trip technically starts today when I leave the White House and get on a plane for a long flight to Asia. But really, this visit is part of a journey that began decades ago, back when I was a little girl.

Like many of you, I came from a pretty modest background. My family didn’t have much money, and my parents raised me and my brother, Craig, in a tiny apartment in Chicago, Illinois. While my mom and dad never had the chance to attend college, they were determined to see me and Craig get the best education possible.

School was the center of our lives, and I worked as hard as I could to learn as much as possible. I often woke up at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning to study, because that was the only time our little apartment was ever really quiet.

With my parents’ encouragement and a lot of hard work, I was able to get into college and get the financial aid I needed to pay for it — and my college education opened doors of opportunity I never could have dreamed of back in that tiny apartment. I studied subjects I was passionate about — like English literature, African American history and sociology. I met classmates and professors from all over the world who opened my mind to all kinds of new ideas. And because I got my college degree, I was able to attend law school, become a lawyer, work in city government and as a hospital executive, and even run a non-profit organization that trained young people in Chicago to serve their communities.

Unfortunately, so many girls just like me and like many of you — girls who are so curious and hungry to learn, and so willing to work hard — never have the chance to get an education. Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school at all. Many of them simply can’t afford the school fees (unlike in America, where every student can go to school for free, in many countries, parents have to pay to send their children to school). Sometimes, even if their parents can afford it, the nearest school might be miles away, and it’s simply not safe for girls to walk there and back each day. Sometimes, a school will be located nearby, but it might not have bathrooms for girls, so they simply can’t attend. And in some countries, girls are forced to get married and have children at a young age — sometimes before they’re even teenagers — instead of getting an education.

This is such a heartbreaking loss, not just for those girls, but for their families, communities and countries. Studies show that girls who attend school have healthier families, earn higher salaries and even help boost their entire countries’ economies.

That’s why, earlier this month, the United States Government launched a new initiative called Let Girls Learn that will help girls worldwide go to school and stay in school. Through Let Girls Learn, we’ll be supporting education projects across the globe — leadership programs and mentorship programs, and so much more.

But the United States can’t address the global girls’ education crisis all by ourselves — it’s just too big. We need countries around the world to step up and help. That’s why I’m starting my trip in Japan — because this week, the United States and Japan will be announcing a new partnership to educate girls worldwide, and we’ll be calling on other countries to join us in this effort.

After spending a few days in Japan, I will be heading to Cambodia, which is one of the very first countries where Let Girls Learn programs will operate. I will visit a school and meet with girls whose lives are being transformed by the power of education.

But while the focus of Let Girls Learn is international, this effort is also very much about inspiring young people like you here at home to truly commit to your own education.

Through Let Girls Learn, I hope that more girls — and boys — here in America will learn about the sacrifices that girls around the world are making just to go to school each day: working multiple jobs to pay their school fees, enduring threats and harassment from people in their communities who think girls shouldn’t attend school, walking for hours each way to school, and more.

I want all of you to be inspired and motivated by these girls. I want you to realize that while your own school might be far from perfect — and my husband is working as hard as he can to fix that — you still need to show up to your classroom every day and learn as much as you can.

And finally, I want young people like you to be citizens of the world — I want you to connect with other young people of every background and nationality and learn about what’s happening in countries across the globe.

That’s why, as I travel, I will be using all kinds of social media to share my trip with you — and I’ll be taking questions from kids across America as I go.

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First Lady Michelle Obama waves upon her arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo Wednesday, March 18. The First Lady is visiting Japan and Cambodia, who are among Asia’s richest and poorest nations, to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their educations

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05
Jun
14

President Obama At The G7 Summit

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President Barack Obama arrives for the G7 summit at the European Council building in Brussels

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Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama attend the first working meeting of the day at the G7 Summit in Brussels. (The Prime Minister’s Office)

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President Barack Obama smiles during the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels

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President Barack Obama meets with King Philippe of Belgium, right, and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron speak during a news conference at the G7 summit

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30
Apr
14

Pete Souza: The Trip to Asia

Children help President Barack Obama to his feet after he sat on the floor to have a group photo with them during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Manila, Philippines, April 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mrs. Akie Abe present President Barack Obama with a Bo golf club cover at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a fist bump to a baby during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President Park Geun-hye exit for a walk in the Little Garden to view a tree she planted on her Inauguration Day, at the Blue House in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is kissed by 94-year-old Carolina Garcia Delfin, a Filipina nurse who fought in the resistance against Japanese forces during World War II. The President mentioned her in his remarks to American and Philippine troops at Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines, April 29, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Students So Jung Kim and Chi Hyun Lee present President Barack Obama with a bouquet of flowers as he arrives for a tour of Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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26
Apr
14

Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD

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Early Bird Chat

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On This Day: President Obama prepares to board Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, April 20, 2011

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Rise and Shine

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This Is What 8 Million Means

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The First Family Celebrates Easter

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LOL. OMG. HAHA. – You’re Welcome

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Monday

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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On This Day: President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy walk on the grounds of the White House, before signing of the Kennedy Service Act at the SEED School in Washington D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Rise and Shine

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Easter Egg Roll

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President Obama high fives children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Chat Away

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Let The Good Times “Egg And Roll”

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Life’s Secret Ingredient? Laughter

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Tuesday

President Obama views the scene of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., from Marine One, April 22 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Early Bird Chat

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On This Day: President Obama greets Karen Dunn, former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, and her son in the Oval Office, April 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Rise and Shine

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine

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Coming Up

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President Obama hugs a first responder after touring the mud slide damage in Oso, Washington

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Continue reading ‘Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD’

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Rise and Shine: Japan to Korea

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas

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Saturday, April 26 (Korea is 13 hours ahead of EDT)

* In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy, South Korea

* Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks (10:05 PM EDT)

* In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

* President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square

* Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

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@Stcrow: Before leaving Tokyo for Seoul, President Obama met privately w Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito at his hotel.

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President Obama arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea

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President Obama is welcomed by South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea

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President Obama poses with new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the National War Memorial in Seoul

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President Obama sings a guest book as South Korean President Park Geun-hye looks on at the Blue House

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@Stcrow: President Obama offered a moment of silence to in memory of the lives lost on the ferry Sewol

Relatives of victims looks on at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, as President Obama pays a silent tribute

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye and President Obama listens at a joint news conference following their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul

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Forward to 25 minutes for the press conference

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President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace with Dr. Sangmee Park

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A staff member of Malaysia post services shows special commemorative cover marking President Obama’s visit to Malaysia.

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On This Day

President Obama meets with Rev. Billy Graham at his house in Montreat, N.C., April 25, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a memorial service in Beckley, W.V., April 25, 2010, for 29 miners killed in an explosion at Big Branch Mine (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd from the South Portico of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama lifts a baby while greeting the crowd at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 25, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jada Pinkett Smith watch Jada’s daughter Willow Smith perform during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011

President Obama and guests watch Willow Smith perform during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011

President Obama volleys a tennis ball between his legs while participating in a “Let’s Move” clinic with members of the NBA, WNBA and the Harlem Globetrotters during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011

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President Obama addresses a crowd in an overflow room before delivering remarks on student loan interest rates, at the University of Iowa, April 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama delivers remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa, April 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama laughs with former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, prior to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with former First Ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton, look at a 9/11 exhibit while touring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2013. Former President Bill Clinton is seen in the foreground (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama pauses with former First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama pauses with former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pause during a memorial service for the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, April 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Have a perfect day, Shipmate!

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MoooOOOooorning everyone, no time for words this morning, just pics and videos – will try to catch up later.

Happy Friday!




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