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Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama signs the 3 month extension of the Highway bill in the Oval Office. President Obama signed the bill into law to extend transportation funding until October 29, but said that short term extensions are a bad way for the U.S. government to do business

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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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18
Jul
15

Father-Daughter Weekend

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President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, along with two of Sasha’s friends, board Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Washington. President Obama and Sasha are traveling to New York City to meet up with Malia Obama for some father-daughter time

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President Barack Obama accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, their friends, and the president’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, her husband Konrad Ngwalk, through Central Park

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Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama, center, and her husband Konrad Ngwalk, right, and Obama's daughter Malia Obama, left, accompany the president through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, center top, accompanied by his daughter, Sasha, at his left, friends, family, and secret service agents, walks through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama, center left, and her husband Konrad Ngwalk, center right, accompany the president through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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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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)




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