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



President Obama hugs Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as he arrives at Paine Field Airport. Also greeting the president from left, Major General Bret Daugherty, The Adjutant General, Washington, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jon Lovick, Snohomish County Executive, Ray Stephanson, Mayor of Everett, and Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington


Marine One, carrying President Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso


Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso



President Obama speaks to first responders after touring the mudslide damage in Oso


President Obama Speaks at the Oso Firehouse

6:50 EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Oso Firehouse

White House Live

Streaming of the visit to Oso here





Have to go out for a bit, hence the verrrrrry early heads-up. See ya in a bit.


Early Bird Chat

@petesouza: A young student uses a stethoscope on President Obama at Powell Elementary School in DC

Can’t see this pic enough – MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Wednesday!


The First Lady Speaks On Let’s Move And ObamaCare



Sierra Marquina: First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Let’s Move!, Signing Up For The Affordable Care Act, And Valentine’s Day

Mrs. Obama’s initiative to help stop the problem of childhood obesity, Let’s Move!, was launched four years ago and has made a significant impact on children’s health today, not only in their homes, but in their schools as well. The goal with the initiative is to solve obesity within a generation and set up children to be able to lead healthier lives, a movement she starts by doing at home in the White House. When it comes to her two daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, the first lady shares: “Barack and I try to lead by example. I mean, we eat dinner together every night and we rarely miss that, even with his schedule, and we spend a lot of time talking about the issues of the day, but we talk about what we’re eating and why we’re eating it. We have a lot of, ‘Finish your vegetables’ conversations.”


The Affordable Care Act allows every single American to have access to quality affordable health care, which is so important because there are millions of people out there who are worried about losing their home or going bankrupt because someone gets sick … What Barack believes is that here in America … poor health should not be the thing that causes someone to lose their home. But before the Affordable Care Act … that’s actually what was happening to people around the country.” “Here’s the thing, young people lead risky lives. I always joke about this, but the young people are the ones out at the club at three o’clock in the morning and more likely to slip on the ice … I mean, life throws you some curveballs and young people in particular need to have insurance. If you think about it, you insure your car, but you’re not going to insure your life?”


So what does Mrs. Obama expect from her husband this Valentine’s Day? Not much! Mrs. Obama explains: “This year, again, I’ve had this big birthday celebration—my husband really 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.” Albeit, she’s not concerned he’ll be too low-key. ”We have been married for 21 years and he never forgets a Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday. He’s really good at that kind of stuff.”


after turning 50 on January 17, she insists everything gets better with age. “You’re more confident, you know yourself more, you’re not concerned about what other people think. And if you’ve taken care of your health, many times you can be in the best shape you’ve been in … you watch your kids grow up and I know, my girls, they’re starting to become real people with opinions and it’s just so much fun to talk to them now,” she shares. And speaking of her two girls, what’s it like to grow up in the White House as a 15 or 12-year-old? “Barack and I strive to make sure Malia and Sasha can lead as normal a life as possible and even though we are in this crazy bubble, they do things that normal kids do,” Mrs. Obama admits. “They go to sleepovers, they go to concerts, they go to dances.”

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Bonus: The best moment of Kevin Hart’s life? Meeting President Obama and getting a nickname from him!






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