President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama leave the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn. The First Family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America’s national park system.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in the hisoric Habana Vieja, or Old Havana; in Havana, Cuba. Described as a message to the Cuban people about his vision for the future of Cuba, his speech was nationally televised to the 11 million people on the island
Cuban family I watched @POTUS speech with was cheering, tearing up, truly moved. No one has given a speech like here that in a long time.
President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. From lower left corner are, Dagoberto Valdes, Berta Soler, Laritza Diversent, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo ‘Coco Farinas’, Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez
First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and President Raul Castro stand together during a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack in Belgium today before the start of the exhibition game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays of the Major League Baseball at the Estado Latinoamericano
First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia with children of U.S. embassy workers after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish “A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the U.S”
I came of political age during an era of “family values.” I cast my first vote for president of the United States in 2004, the year so-called values voters helped pass laws banning same-sex marriage in 11 states. In the political language of the time, family values meant opposing gay marriage, opposing abortion, opposing stem cell research. Many politicians publicly position themselves as respectable public servants who put God and the traditional family first — especially after President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal in the late ’90s. But over the last seven years, we’ve witnessed a president who showed us what family values really look like, rather than tell us in campaign commercials. In President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, we’ve witnessed a consistent example of mutual love and respect that’s both practical and inspiring.
Both Barack and Michelle have worked hard to strengthen other American families with initiatives that focus on families and children. With Let’s Move!, Michelle Obama put herself and her dance moves out there to encourage parents to make good choices about family health and nutrition. With My Brother’s Keeper, a program launched in 2014, the president made efforts to encourage responsible fatherhood and close opportunity gaps faced by young men of color. And with Let Girls Learn, Michelle took the cause global, stressing that girls’ education is about more than gender equality: it’s essential to economic development. Again, the first couple is putting family values into action. We don’t hear much about family values anymore, but we have seen them on display during the Obama White House. I credit the Obamas and their actions for reminding us what family values really look like.