‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’

11:0 AM EDT: The First Lady meets with, and takes questions from, children of Executive Office employees, and young people from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, SchoolTalk, and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency as part of ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’

124 Responses to “‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’”

  1. 2 Judith Fardig
    April 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Yay for Chips. Hope your mom is improving.

  2. 3 amk for obama
    April 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

  3. 5 amk for obama
    April 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

    on that cheerful note, gunnite.

  4. April 20, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Good morning TOD folks. So far so good!

  5. 8 arapaho415
    April 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

    GM TODville.

    Here’s your chance for your thoughts on #BernieNotADem to make a difference.

    Heard @petermaer on @knxradio yesterday — guess he’s come out of retirement for this year’s election cycle — and he’s soliciting input on what to present when he chats with radio anchors across the country.

    I’d say ZERO influence, since the Alpha Dogs in the room will be PBO and @VP, with most delegates in awe of being in the same room as PBO, reigniting our passion in 2008.

    • 9 arapaho415
      April 20, 2016 at 11:26 am

      BTW, in some markets (such as Los Angeles, where we spent so much time in our cars), many stations are tuned to all news radio for their every-10-minute traffic reports. I frequently hear radio stations tuned into @knx1070 as I’m entering or leaving my car in public parking lots.

  6. 10 JER
    April 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

    President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdelaziz al-Saud, Governor of Riyadh, as he arrives at King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital, on April 20, 2016

  7. April 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The program is running late.

  8. April 20, 2016 at 11:34 am

    One definite advantage of HRC being elected POTUS – there will be no FLOTUS. No one to try following in the footsteps of the wonderful Michelle Obama, failing to match her grace, intelligence, classiness, fun, determination, etc., etc. It would be pathetic for someone to be constantly compared to her and also annoying for us to have the MSM pretending any of the current “FLOTUS candidates” is a better FLOTUS in any way. So maybe we won’t have a FLOTUS for 4-8 years, which will be great. IMHO, the Clintons should have Chelsea be the acting hostess for the family events with kids.

    • 13 GGail
      April 20, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Great observation muscatinegal and excellent suggestion too! 🙂

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      April 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Hadn’t thought of that – was more dreading Bill’s moves – so thanks for the great observation! Good idea about Chelsea, too.

    • 17 Judith Fardig
      April 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Excellent observation. I hope Bill gets nominated for Ambassador somewhere FAR away! He needs something to keep him very busy away from the White House.

    • 18 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      If HRC wins in Nov, Michelle gets to be FLOTUS for another 4-8 years, and I’m here for it! 🙂

      • 19 Dudette
        April 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        In the past if President was unmarried or widowed, another female relative served as First Lady. That might mean Chelsea could serve that role if not full-time, maybe shared duties. Hard to see former President (regardless of gender) in that role. Too much like having two Presidents. Just a thought.

        • 20 carolyn
          April 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

          You all are having the same idea I am….Chelsea will do the social duties for her mom. She is a very capable young lady, and knows the ropes. She loves and admires her mom and would do a good job for her. You all are also right about Bill: Send him to a country far, far away for some diplomatic duty. Hillary and Chelsea can handle it all very well without him. However…….looking at Bill right now, knowing his health history, and the odds for someone with his problems, I have a feeling and this may be awful to say, that he won’t make it through four years.

  9. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    April 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Yuge Rallies Don’t Translate Into Votes Unless You Happen To Be Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders Is No Barack Obama

    • April 20, 2016 at 11:57 am


      You have any thoughts about the former Hill Staffer running for Van Hollen’s seat named Will Jawando ?

      • 23 donna dem 4 obama
        April 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        I’m so glad you asked 😉

        I like him a lot. He is not in my district. I’m in the district that Donna Edwards is vacating to run for the Senate so my focus has been on Anthony Brown who is running to replace her seat. From what I have seen of him here locally and on the news he is a smart, charismatic guy. He helped to get PBO elected, worked with him in the WH and has a very impressive resume. He’s running against Kathleen Matthews (Chris Matthews wife) and I have not seen any recent polling for that district. I’ve been making donations to his campaign (https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3766555842253420800) and I suggest that others do the same. He would make a great Congressman.

        • 24 Dudette
          April 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm

          Dang. Maybe Hill will find a place for her (or Van Hollen) in the Admin whichever of them doesn’t win the Senate seat.

        • 25 Dudette
          April 20, 2016 at 1:52 pm

          Happy to see good people coming up behind these two excellent leaders.

          • 26 carolyn
            April 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

            Oh my, Donna…….He impressed me! Charming, well spoken, sincere…….This is the quality of person PBO attracted to work with him. He represents the faith I have in PBO’s lasting influence on the party and the country.

        • April 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm

          Ummm, he’s nice !!

  10. April 20, 2016 at 11:51 am


    A black professor offers advice ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood’
    By Emma Brown
    April 20 at 8:00 AM

    Christopher Emdin says he wasn’t trying to alienate anyone with the title of his new book: “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too.”

    But he did want to start a conversation that he knew wouldn’t be entirely comfortable. A conversation about the failures of well-meaning teachers whose approach to education – in Emdin’s view – often does more harm than good for their black and Latino students.

    He also wanted to give those teachers concrete tools to do better. So he wrote a book that is part cultural criticism and part how-to guide, not just for white teachers but for teachers of any race whose students’ backgrounds differ from their own.

  11. April 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

    The title is enough and made me LOL


    Warren Unimpressed With ‘Sacrifices’ Cruz Has Made For 2016 Run: ‘Boo Hoo’

    ByALLEGRA KIRKLANDPublishedAPRIL 20, 2016, 10:01 AM EDT

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued in a Tuesday night tweetstorm that the “sacrifices” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says he has made during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination pale in comparison to those made by American workers.

    “Are you kidding me?” Warren wrote. “We’re supposed to pity you because trying to be the leader of the free world is hard?! 2 words: Boo hoo.”

    The Massachusetts senator’s impassioned response came after Cruz sent a campaign email on Monday listing the stresses of the campaign trail. Describing “constant attacks” from the “liberal media,” a lack of family and personal time, and months with little sleep, Cruz said he was proud to make these “steep” sacrifices for his supporters.

    Warren was unmoved, firing off a series of tweets about the lack of personal time experienced by Americans working multiple minimum-wage jobs as well as the “constant attacks” faced by immigrants, Muslims and women by GOP candidates like Cruz.

    As of Wednesday morning, the Texas senator had not responded.

  12. April 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Harriet Tubman!

  13. April 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Published on Apr 18, 2016

    In response to tabloid headlines, host Aisha Tyler opens up about her divorce on “The Talk.” Tyler says, “My husband and I are separating… that’s a very painful thing to go through and it’s also a really painful thing to go through in public… I’m sure you can imagine it’s pretty frustrating to have people talking about your private life who don’t know anything about it and speculating and you know saying lots of crazy stuff but I wanted to say this… my husband and I met when I was a teenager and I’ve been with him for more than half of my adult life… it’s very hard when you love someone very much to also start to realize that maybe you want different things for your lives… I don’t, not in any way see this relationship as a failure… We loved each other passionately and we lived life fully and we’re trying to let each other go in the kindest way we possibly can… that’s what I’m going to say about the relationship and the rest of it is none of your damn business!”

  14. April 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

  15. April 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hamilton – the Musical, saved Hamilton on that $10 bill…..LOL

  16. April 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  17. April 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  18. April 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Great questions by the kids.

  19. 57 57andfemale
    April 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  20. 58 57andfemale
    April 20, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Okay, this is kinda funny:

    “BROOKLYN — New York is supposed to be a magical city that extracts “authenticity” out of its presidential candidates — you know, the rubes who tote wallets in back pockets, can’t quite swipe a MetroCard, or stand there like flap-hatted Vermont tourists fishing around for subway tokens left over from their last trip to the Big City in 1960.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/clinton-trump-new-york-off-message-222182#ixzz46Nz2YUwp
    Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook

  21. 59 Dudette
    April 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Hello Beautiful People of TOD!

  22. April 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Yoni Appelbaum ‏@YAppelbaum 16m16 minutes ago

    1. Harriet Tubman’s first biographer, Sarah Hopkins Bradford, tells a remarkable story about the anti-slavery hero.

    2. Tubman had an intimation that her parents, still held as slaves in Maryland, were in trouble. She needed funds to effect their rescue.

    3. Tubman marched into the New York office of abolitionist Oliver Johnson, and staged a sit-down hunger strike to secure the necessary funds

    5. When she fell asleep, people who heard of her plight stuffed $60 into her pockets. She journeyed south, and brought her father to freedom

  23. 65 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  24. 66 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm


    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      April 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      This is what I like to see. A serious, respectful reflection on what this means, in tribute to Harriet Tubman. Jokes on twitter are failing me today (like how RWNJ heads will explode). This is a standalone moment, worthy of historical note. We already know it doesn’t solve racism and bigotry, but it recognizes a woman who saw a better world for all of us.

    • 68 No Child Left Behind
      April 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  25. 70 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Has anyone heard about this, or has it been reported elsewhere? I’m just now seeing this breaking news…

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      April 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      They just announced it on CNN and MSNBC.

    • 72 arapaho415
      April 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      GM HF2.

      swbluega posted this last night, and it’s now getting MSM coverage today.

      Here’s my response to SBG yesterday:

      From the article:

      “Among those to be charged is a city of Flint official who signed a document…”

      snip /

      “Schuette is to announce felony and misdemeanor charges against at least two, and possibly as many as four people…”

      When these people face charges they will no doubt further implicate that immoral weasel Rick Snyder.

      Never hurts to remind ourselves of what Dr MLK said, and which is a guiding star for both PBO and FLOTUS. A decade from now, Malia and Sasha will prove this to be a lesson well-learned too.

      “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long But It Bends Toward Justice.”

      And here’s @petermaer’s tweet moment ago:

    • 74 99ts
      April 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      I’m having trouble believing they were solely responsible for what they did – I hope they talk as to who advised them on their actions.

  26. 75 Nena20409
    April 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Hello TOD.
    OK in my neighborhood.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this Fine post and in the last 2-3 posts.

  27. 78 arapaho415
    April 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Is anyone keeping tally of “Lame Duck Obama’s” performance during his final year?

    This heartens me because:

  28. April 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    AP: Ted Cruz now mathematically eliminated from clinching GOP nomination before convention
    POSTED 9:03 PM, APRIL 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is now the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.

    Ted Cruz was mathematically eliminated Tuesday after Trump’s big win in the New York primary.

    Trump won at least 89 of the 95 delegates at stake. John Kasich won at least three and Cruz was in danger of being shut out.

  29. 80 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm

  30. 81 Nena20409
    April 20, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  31. 83 Nena20409
    April 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    • 84 arapaho415
      April 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      GA Nena.

      Thanks for posting and clarifying.

      Heard this report on the radio and on Twitter, but had no idea what the implications of this ruling were.

  32. 85 JER
    April 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    SOON: Bill Clinton Campaigns for His Wife in Johnstown, PA – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=3

  33. April 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Fetterman was complaining about how he was not getting any resources from the Sanders campaign…low and behold!!!!

  34. April 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    HA!…oh yeah!

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  37. April 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    The first presidential campaign that I worked on; PBO was the second…

  38. April 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    • 96 arapaho415
      April 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      GA Meta.

      How cool is that, love it!

      Have always loved Edwardian fashion (Google tells me Harriet Tubman died in 1913, so she lived during Edward’s reign). Never saw Downton Abbey, but am tempted after Jan 2017 to binge view for the fashions alone. 🙂

      The other cool thing is Google suggests “Harriet Tubman” when you enter ha…

  39. 98 Don
    April 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Revolutions come in different forms, some with bloodshed and some without bloodshed but nevertheless they are still revolutions. But the thing about revolutions is that they seldom announce their arrival. One morning you wake up and there’s a black former slave gracing the cover of your currency in all her blackness. Or there’s a black man in the oval office sitting behind the resolute desk charting the course for this great country. Or there’s a little black girl somewhere in this country looking at the twenty-dollar bill and saying to herself “that lady looks just like me.” Revolutions aren’t for the faint of heart, nor do they bend to the will of any one person. Many people say that they want a revolution, but few people go about the arduous task of making the environment ripe for a revolution. Many presidents have changed the course of this country, but only a few have changed the course of history.

    • 100 57andfemale
      April 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      I don’t recall PBO drawing attention to his “revolution” of being the first AA to run and become POTUS. Not ever. He is particularly great and will be remembered and revered as such just because he only wanted to do the best job he could – to make the country and the world a better place. People of true greatness perform deeds, they don’t just rant at the moon.

      Those who announce revolution because it has some perverse “feel good” appeal, are more about tearing down than building up.

      The United States remains strong because of its stable and dare I say, “conservative” approach to change. The Constitution has safeguards against radicalism. The amendment process and the legislative process have built into them a chance to see how things work, and adjust as new facts and situations emerge. The Founding Fathers like Thomas Paine who enjoyed the “high” of conflict were not part of drafting a working government.

      The cavalier attitude of the Berniebrats (and BS himself) that misery will automatically result in Utopia, is cruel. It is ideology, not governance. Anyone that would willfully choose to cause suffering on the off-chance that everyone, at once, will realize the error of their ways, is a sociopath. People aren’t real to them, but pawns in an ideological struggle. How dare they. How dare they play with other peoples’ lives. It’s sick.

      France had the idealism but not the sober infrastructure that America had, and their revolution devolved to barbarism and anarchy.

      I believe in my heart that PBO will be revered as one of the greatest Presidents in history. I will defy to the best of my ability anyone and everyone who wants to tear his legacy down.

    • 101 MadameSoph
      April 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Catching up here late Don. That was beautiful! Well said!

      And did you see my comment to you from Sunday night about you being a “scarpettaro”?

  40. April 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

  41. April 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm


    • 104 Don
      April 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Damn, say it ain’t so, the end is near.

      • April 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        Don, in addition to all the other emotions this elicits in me, it nauseates me beyond words just thinking that some moronic idiot from the Trump campaign is even sitting in the same room.

        • 106 arapaho415
          April 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

          GA Meta.

          That thought didn’t even cross my mind, but is a sickening thought. It is beyond belief that Donald “publicity stunt” Trump and the GOP are shameful realities.

          Until PBO gets on the campaign trail, still doing my best to keep my head in the sand re: 2016 election…

        • 108 Don
          April 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

          Yep, I was thinking the exact same thing.

          • 109 carolyn
            April 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

            I too would like to keep my head in the sand, but PBO does NOT. Once again he proves he is the adult. He is not going to let the incoming president meet the horrible surprises he met the morning after election. In an interview with David Axlerod and company, David said they thought they had been informed about the world situation before the election, but they hadn’t. Wednesday morning Nov. 9 the true security briefing was given to them, and it was terrifying. Fortunately, this was PBO and his bright team, so they caught up fast. But I know the President won’t allow that to happen to anyone else. He operates so far above everyone else.

    • 110 Dudette
      April 20, 2016 at 4:16 pm


  42. April 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Harriet Tubman once staged a sit-in to get $20. The Treasury just gave her all of them.
    How Tubman got the $20 she needed to rescue her own father from slavery.

    Updated by Dara Lind on April 20, 2016, 1:30 p.m. ET

    he news that Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill is significant for all sorts of reasons. Slave owner Jackson is being replaced by a former slave; Tubman, who led more than 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, is replacing a president who drove 16,000 Cherokees (and thousands more from other native tribes) out of their homelands on the Trail of Tears.

    But even if Tubman weren’t replacing Jackson, the $20 would be the perfect bill to honor her, because the sum of $20 played a significant role in her life on two separate occasions.

    For one thing, $20 was the amount she earned as a monthly pension after the Civil War, for which she helped the Union as a scout and spy. It was still less than the $25 a month paid to full soldiers, but it was the result of a long legal fight to earn a soldier’s pension at all. (Vox’s Phil Edwards wrote about this last year, when the social media campaign to put Tubman or another woman on the $20 was at its height.)

    But even before that — as Yoni Appelbaum of the Atlantic pointed out on Twitter — the sum of $20 played a huge role in Tubman’s efforts to rescue her own father from slavery.

  43. 112 arapaho415
    April 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Some updates on our favorite Vice President ever…


  44. April 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Orientalism, Whitewashing, and Erasure: Hollywood’s Historic Problem With Asian People
    by Jessica Lachenal ( ) Wednesday, April 20th 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Hollywood has no idea what to do with Asian people. And, given the fact that Hollywood often serves as a reflection of contemporary culture, this is a major problem. Aside from casting us as goofy comic relief (Long Duk Dong, really) or evil mystical ninjas (come on, Daredevil season 2), they just don’t know what to do with us. The confusion and ignorance around what we bring to the table sometimes gets so bad that rather than try and find out who we actually are, they’ll overwrite us with white characters, erasing us completely from narratives that inherently belong to one culture or another (looking at you, Ghost in the Shell). Sometimes, to bridge that gap, they’ll even try to use yellowface, which (if you somehow weren’t already aware) is the practice of donning makeup and a really racist accent to look and sound Asian.

    These hideously xenophobic implications at play in Hollywood’s insistence on erasing Asian people from their own narratives refers to some incredibly deep-seated, historical prejudices that were widely held back when Hollywood was still forming its identity. Consider Orientalism: popularized as a theory by Edward Said in 1978, it references a historic tradition of “othering,” which set the East far apart from the West in some of the most negative ways. Eastern beliefs, practices, and religions became “mystical, magical, mysterious,” really emphasizing the differences between the East and the West, pushing them further and further apart rather than trying to encourage connection and understanding.

    • 115 Dudette
      April 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      I was so excited to hear GITS movie til I saw this was yet another whitewash. They will not get any of my money.

  45. April 20, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  46. 117 JER
    April 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden at AACR Annual Meeting 2016 today.

    Fast Forward to about 57:57

  47. April 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    The young man name Kameryn ask FLOTUS what made her choose Barack Obama as her husband? FLOTUS said that he is smart, he care alot about people, he didn’t have to have alot of money to feel important, he was kind, he loved children, he loved his family, so she knew he would love a family they create, and last but not least, he was cute.

  48. April 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  49. April 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Awesomely Luvvie ✔ ‎@Luvvie
    Andrew Jackson got kicked off the $20 bill for Harriet Tubman. Because it’s Abolition April. And the Blackest Year EVER.

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