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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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28
May
15

The President’s Day: #AskPOTUS

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President Barack Obama listens during a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. With Obama are National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb, left, and Hugh D. Cobb III, center, Chief, Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama visits the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama listens during a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. With President Obama are National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb, left, and Hugh D. Cobb III, center, Chief, Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch

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A worker sits below a screen welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama during Obama's tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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It’s wonderful to have a president take time out of his busy day to answer questions honestly and not dismissively. Thanks, President Barack Obama!

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U.S. President Barack Obama passes an image of a hurricane during a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama passes an image of a hurricane during a tour of the National Hurricane Center

President Barack Obama speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. From left are, NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan; Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. From left are, NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan; Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate

 

President Barack Obama listens to National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb during his tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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16
Apr
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, and Vice President Joe Biden welcome veterans participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization offering programs, services and events for U.S. military veterans wounded in conflicts that have occurred in the wake of the September 11 attacks

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President Barack Obama greets Army Major Bradley Zimmer

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President Barack Obama greets Army Specialist Teresa-Anne Jackson

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Obama cheers on participants in Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride as they begin 3-day ride to raise awareness for injured veterans at White House in Washington

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Obama cheers on a participant in the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride as they begin a 3-day ride to raise awareness for injured veterans with two laps around the South Lawn at the White House in Washington

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President Barack Obama greets guests after welcoming veterans participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House

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Obama signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the so-called Medicare 'doc fix,' in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the so-called Medicare ‘doc fix,’ in the Rose Garden at the White House

Obama reads papers at an outdoor table after signing the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the so-called Medicare 'doc fix,' in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama reads papers at an outdoor table after signing the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Champions of Change event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Champions of Change highlights issues important to working families

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PeteSouza: President Obama takes the stage for the Working Families Champions for Change event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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President Barack Obama reaches back to acknowledge those on stage with him who have championed working families

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Marcario reacts as Obama mentions her in remarks at 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on White House campus in Washingto

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario reacts as President Barack Obama mentions her in his remarks

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Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft, shakes hands with President Barack Obama

Firestein reacts as Obama calls on her and mentions her work for paid family leave in remarks at 'Champions of Change' event White House campus in Washington

Netsy Firestein reacts as President Barack Obama calls on her and mentions her work for paid family leave

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Honorees onstage with Obama applaud as he delivers remarks at 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on White House campus in Washington

Obama takes stage to deliver remarks at 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on White House campus in Washington

Obama smiles as he takes stage to deliver remarks at  'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on the White House campus in Washington

That smile you give when you’re enjoying being President of the United States. Smile on, President Obama. You are awesome!

11
Apr
15

Diplomat In Chief

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro

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 President Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City

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President Obama meets with Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff

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PM of Antigua and Barbuda Browne, Argentina's President Fernandez, U.S President Obama,  Grenada's PM Mitchell and Uruguay's President Vazquez wave during the family photo of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne (front L), Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (front R), U.S President Barack Obama (back L), Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell (second row R) and Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez (top R) wave during the family photo of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City

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Correa smiles as he listens to remarks by Obama during the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa smiles as he listens to remarks by President Barack Obama during the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama

Obama, flanked by Rice, pauses during remarks at the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama

President Obama, flanked by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, gives remarks at the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas

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With Secretary John Kerry

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Homeward bound

24
Mar
15

The President’s Day

President Obama meets with Afghan President Ghani in the Oval Office. This marks the first meeting between the two presidents at the White House following the 2014 presidential election, which produced the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history

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U.S. President Obama speaks at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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Boston Globe: US To Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. ‘‘Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place,’’ Obama said in explaining his decision at a press conference after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s first visit to the White House since his election six months ago.

Obama added that the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year. Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil. The original plan was to cut the U.S. force to 5,500 by the end of this year. ‘‘This visit is an opportunity to begin a new chapter between our two nations,’’ Obama said after meeting with Ghani in the Oval Office.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice listen during the press conference

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry greets Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah prior to joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah

U.S. President Obama reacts to comment by Afghanistan President Ghani during joint news conference at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Obama and Afghanistan President Ghani depart a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

03
Mar
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announce a new government-wide coordinated strategy to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay school called “Let Girls Learn” in the East Room of the White House. Saying that she will focus on this program beyond her time in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama will soon travel to Japan and Cambodia to promote the new initiative.

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White House: Working Together To Open The Doors Of Education For Girls Around The World

To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. Unfortunately today, 62 million girls around the world are not in school. Half of them are adolescents. We know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDS, and better child nutrition. But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future by the circumstances of her birth or the customs of her community. We know that a girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her community.

That is why President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be championing our efforts to help adolescent girls around the globe attend and complete school through the Let Girls Learn initiative, which will build upon the public engagement campaign the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched last summer. Let Girls Learn is a government-wide effort that will leverage the investments we have made and success we have achieved in global primary school, and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education. A key part of Let Girls Learn will be to encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education.

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President Barack Obama embraces Peace Corps volunteer Charlene Espinoza

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First Lady Michelle Obama playfully takes a bow as she is introduced by President Barack Obama

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First Lady Michelle Obama playfully gestures as President Barack Obama makes a joke

First lady Michelle Obama smiles at U.S. President Barack Obama during the announcement of the  "Let Girls Learn" initiative at the White House in Washington

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President Barack Obama makes a statement after meeting with the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US Army General Martin Dempsey in the Oval Office. President Obama gave remarks on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address given during a joint meeting of the United States Congress.

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11
Feb
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building about the progress made to date and further action to take on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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President Barack Obama applauds medical professionals and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General who serves as the overall Public Health Service (PHS) Commander of Commissioned Corps Ebola Response in West Africa

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Brantly and Pham attend remarks by Obama about the progress made to date in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington

U.S. medical professionals who survived the Ebola virus including Dr. Kent Brantly (L) and nurse Nina Pham (3rd L) attend remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama about the progress made to date in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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President Barack Obama announces he has sent Congress an authorization for the use of military force against ISIL, with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. President Obama wants Congress to authorize a three-year military campaign against ISIL, that would continue the use of air power and could include limited ground operations by American forces to hunt down enemy leaders or rescue American personnel

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28
Jan
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel embrace during a farewell ceremony for Hagel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Hagel is stepping down once his replacement, Ashton Carter, has been confirmed.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hugs outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia,

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U.S. President Obama and Vice President Biden attend a farewell ceremony for Defense Secretary Hagel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia

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14
Jan
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou at the BET Honors at the Warner Theater, January 14, 2012

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Today (all times CT)

1:45: The President arrives in Iowa

2:25: Attends a fiber optic splicing demonstration; Cedar Falls Utilities, Cedar Falls

2:40: Delivers remarks on high-speed broadband access; Cedar Falls Utilities

6:45 EST: Arrives White House

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The President’s Tuesday – by Nerdy

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Virginia. President Obama discussed efforts to improve the government’s ability to collaborate with industry to combat cyber threats

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With Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

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On This Day

President Obama delivers remarks to the House Democratic Caucus retreat at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center January 14, 2010 in Washington, D.C

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President Obama, along with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and Richard Holbrooke’s widow, Kati Marton, watch from backstage as a slide show of pictures are displayed during a memorial service for Holbrooke at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou at the BET Honors at the Warner Theater, January 14, 2012

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President Obama talks with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James in the Blue Room prior to a ceremony honoring the team on winning their second straight Championship title, in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

08
Jan
15

The President’s Day

Children wave at President Barack Obama’s motorcade as he visits Phoenix on Jan. 8

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People wait in line to get into Central High School in Phoenix to see President Obama speak

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President Barack Obama speaks about housing and home ownership and announces a cut in mortgage insurance premiums on Federal Housing Administration loans, at Central High School in Phoenix

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President Obama, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks outside a home in a housing development in Phoenix

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President Obama, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, and Chicanos Por La Causa’s Edmundo Hidalgo, right, and David Adame, speaks outside a home in a housing development in Phoenix

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets a woman and child during a visit to a Phoenix neighborhood

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama board Air Force One in AZ, for his trip back the Washington.

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President Barack Obama signs a condolences book during a visit to the French Embassy

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President Obama stands with France’s Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud as he pays his respects over the attack at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, during a visit to the French Embassy in Washington

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