Posts Tagged ‘Magazines

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Nov
16

First Lady Michelle Obama: A Champion For The World

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Jonathan Van Meter: Michelle Obama: A Candid Conversation With America’s Champion And Mother in Chief

Once she got her daughters acclimated—she routinely referred to herself as “Mom in chief”—the Harvard-educated lawyer took on issues like support for military families and healthy eating. “It was pooh-poohed as a sort of soft swing at the ball,” she says. By the middle of the second term, she had become more ambitious—launching two education initiatives, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn—and over the past year and a half finding her métier, turning herself into the First Lady of Popular Culture, mastering social media (thanks to her proximity to a certain couple of teenage girls), appearing as herself on shows like NCIS and Parks and Recreation, singing karaoke with James Corden, and basically charming the pants off of everyone. Somewhere along the way, she became the greatest political communicator of our time—better than Bill Clinton, better than her husband—someone whose speeches actually start national conversations. And throughout all of this, she has remained one of the most glamorous women in the world—admired by teenagers and grandmothers alike—

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whose daring fashion instincts have won her near-universal accolades from an industry that had a champion in the White House for the first time in decades. When she wore that showstopping Atelier Versace rose-gold chain-mail column to her final state dinner in October, the Internet worked itself into a state of collective mourning over the fact that there will be no more Michelle Obama fashion moments to obsess about. The White House has changed quite a bit in the past eight years, becoming much warmer, far less formal, and distinctly more diverse. Obamalot, if you will. They have created an ecosystem that is so effortlessly inclusive that, for example, Joe Mahshie, a trip coordinator for the First Lady, and Brian Mosteller, director of Oval Office operations, were married by Joe Biden at his home just a few months ago. Mahshie, my minder today, tells me that he first met Mrs. Obama when his then boyfriend Mosteller took him to join the SoulCycle class that the First Lady goes to once a week with White House staffers. Mahshie and Mrs. Obama struck up a conversation; one of her staffers was taken aback by his forwardness: “Do you know her?” No, we just met, he replied. “Was I not supposed to talk to her? Should I have curtsied?” He laughs. “She creates that possibility.”

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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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22
Aug
16

Behind The Scenes: Variety

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21
Aug
15

Rise And Shine

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka during a call in the Oval Office, Aug. 21, 2013. Listening from left are: Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Photo by Pete Souza

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Greg Sargent: Paul Volcker: It Would Be ‘A Sad Day’ If Congress Blocks Iran Deal

In recent days, opponents of the Iran nuclear accord have argued that if Congress blocks it, the major powers that negotiated the agreement can simply go back and crank up sanctions to put more pressure on Iran to agree to a better deal. That argument, however, has been met with push-back from some prominent financial experts, such as Henry Paulson, the Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush, and Jacob Lew, who occupies that post under the current president. They have argued that the other powers won’t reimpose sanctions,

leading the sanctions regime against Iran to unravel and leaving the U.S. isolated — all without getting the inspection and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program that the deal would secure. And here’s another prominent financial figure who is also dismissing the “go back and get a better deal” argument: Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve under presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Volcker has been widely credited with curbing inflation at the time and helping launch the much-vaunted Reagan recovery. “I think this arrangement ought to be approved,” Volcker told me in a phone interview today. “I think it would be a sad day if it’s not.”

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President Barack Obama talks with Chris Jennings, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy & Coordinator for Health Reform, left, following a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, right, regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 21, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

20
Aug
15

A Tweet Or Two

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The September issue of fashion magazines is the IT issue. To have 7 (so far) black women on the covers is significant. The fashion industry still has a long way to go, but bravo to these talented and beautiful black women

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Shame on you Amy Poehler and your team of writers

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