Posts Tagged ‘exercise

24
Aug
16

First Lady Michelle Obama: Leader. Icon. Change Maker.

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Ted Johnson: Michelle Obama Interview: How FLOTUS Used Pop Culture Stardom To Make An Impact

“What I have never been afraid of is to be a little silly, and you can engage people that way,” Obama says in an interview with Variety in her upstairs White House office, decorated in an eclectic mix of abstract art and framed mementos from her tenure. “My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen.  Has it worked? A case in point: The Carpool Karaoke segment highlighted one of Obama’s key initiatives, Let Girls Learn, a worldwide plan of action to promote girls’ access to education. She and Corden also sang “This Is for My Girls,” According to Nielsen, digital sales of “This Is for My Girls” climbed a whopping 1,562% in the week after the segment aired. And it generated almost 40 million views on YouTube. Her first major push to engage the entertainment community came in June 2011, when she appeared at the Writers Guild of America, West to talk about her initiative to support military families, called Joining Forces, and to encourage content creators to incorporate stories about military families in their shows and movies. “Army Wives” creator Katherine Fugate says that shows like “Glee” and “Grey’s Anatomy” followed suit by featuring episodes with military characters. She credits the first lady’s ability to connect with audiences — and with people individually.

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“For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them,” she says. “And when I come across many little black girls who come up to me over the course of this 7½ years with tears in their eyes, and they say: ‘Thank you for being a role model for me. I don’t see educated black women on TV, and the fact that you’re first lady validates who I am….’”She adds, “My mom says it all the time: ‘People are so enamored of Michelle and Barack Obama.’ And she says, ‘There are millions of Michelle and Barack Obamas.’ We’re not new. We’re not special. People who come from intact families who are educated, who have values, who care for their kids, who raise their kids — if you don’t see that on TV, and you don’t live in communities with people like me, you never know who we are, and you can make and be susceptible to all sorts of assumptions and stereotypes and biases, based on nothing but what you see and hear on TV. So it becomes very important for the world to see different images of each other, so that, again, we can develop empathy and understanding.”

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15
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

3:10PM: President Obama hosts a reception for the diplomatic corps in the East Room

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15
Mar
16

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama smiles as he listens to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny speak during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny shake hands during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House

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U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley (L-R) and Vice President Joe Biden look on as Secretary of State John Kerry makes notes as President Barack Obama welcomes Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) smiles as he waits for reporters to enter the room as he welcomes Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama bows his head during a prayer at a St. Patrick's Day luncheon for Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during his remarks on divisiveness in U.S. politics at the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington March 15, 2016. Also pictured are House Speaker Paul Ryan (L) and Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (2nd L). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama, center, shares a laugh with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., after walking down the steps of the Capitol in Washington, with from Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, right. after attending a "Friends of Ireland" luncheon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C) and Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny (R) walk down the U.S. Capitol steps after attending the Friends of Ireland luncheon in Washington March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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President Barack Obama, walks down the steps of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, with from left, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, after attending a "Friends of Ireland" luncheon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to leading parenting bloggers, online influencers, and content creators in the East Room. The First Lady hosted an event attended by about 150 people addressing the health of the nation’s kids as part of the “Let’s Move!” initiative

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10
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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What Shonda Rhimes has done for TV with great stories, talented casts, and beautiful diversity on millions of screens worldwide is wonderful

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Sheeeeeeeeeeet. Feel. That. Burn.

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21
Aug
15

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10
Jul
15

The Kids State Dinner

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids’ State Dinner

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President Barack Obama drops by and shakes hands with attendees during the annual Kids State Dinner at the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating, at the annual “dinner”

First lady Michelle Obama talks with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama greets a young guest after making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama mingles with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan, as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with Felix Gonzalez (back to camera), age 11 of Puerto Rico, as she welcomes children to a Kids' State Dinner at the White House in Washington, July 10, 2015. The children are winners of

President Barack Obama makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks as he makes an unannounced appearance at the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. The children present were part of the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets guests after  making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama gives a young guest a hug as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

19
Jun
15

The First Lady (Yesterday) In Italy

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visits the roof of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Earlier Michelle Obama  toured the U.S. and Italian pavilions at the Expo 2015 world's fair focused on food and nutrition, topics in step with the first lady's initiative to promote healthy eating.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Colleen Barry: Michelle Obama Lights Candles For US Shooting Victims In Milan’s Duomo Cathedral

Michelle Obama and her elder daughter visited Milan’s Duomo cathedral on Thursday, where an official traveling with her said they lit candles in memory of the victims of the shooting in South Carolina. The first lady and her daughter Malia were seen by photographers entering the Gothic-inspired cathedral on the unannounced stop. Mrs. Obama was dressed in black with dark glasses, while Malia wore a white blouse with black trousers. Mrs. Obama made no comment and issued no statement. Nine people, including the pastor, were killed overnight at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, flanked by Italy's first lady Agnese Landini, meets Italian schoolchildren during her visit at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation Thursday to the world's fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with the U.S. first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Earlier Thursday, Mrs. Obama visited the Expo 2015 World’s Fair in Milan, which focuses on food and nutrition. She found kindred spirits in her campaign to promote healthy eating during visits to the U.S. and the Italian pavilions. Mrs. Obama was greeted by a video image of her husband, President Barack Obama, as she entered the U.S. pavilion, guided by U.S. student delegates to Expo from universities around the United States. She spent some time discussing the vertical garden covering the length of pavilion, which has rotating panels of herbs and vegetables that are engineered to maximize sunlight exposure. Mrs. Obama said the pavilion was “awe-inspiring.” “The most impactful part of it, obviously, is the vertical farm, the largest of its kind. And I couldn’t help but think about all the issues we face around hunger, around food deserts in our countries and places all over the world. And when you walk around this pavilion, you think the solutions are right in our grasp,” Mrs. Obama told some 60 student delegates during a question-and-answer session at the end of the tour.

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Italy's first lady Agnese Landini,  left, welcomes U.S. first lady Michelle Obama,  for a visit at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation Thursday to the world's fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with the U.S. first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Italy's first lady Agnese Landini,  left, welcomes U.S. first lady Michelle Obama,  for a visit at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation Thursday to the world's fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with the U.S. first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy’s First Lady Agnese Landini welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama to the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy. First Lady Michelle Obama is leading a presidential delegation to the world’s fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with her “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity

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20
May
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Hail to the FLOTUS!

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Where are the white leaders in the community?! Where are the fathers?!

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19
May
15

Night Owl Chat – Yes, the First Lady is more awesome than you

Chat on, night owls.

(Now, dammit, where’s my gym membership card…)

26
Feb
15

A Tweet Or Two And GGail’s Birthday

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If you saw Selma, (which you should. There are no excuses) this moment hit you like a punch to the gut. 47 years later, and another innocent life taken away. May both their souls rest in peace

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