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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Host State Dinner for the President and First Lady of Mexico

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President Barack Obama (R), and his wife first lady Michelle Obama (2L) stand with Mexican President Felipe Calderon (2R) and his wife Margarita Zavala after their arrival for the State Dinner at the White House on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photos by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

The United States and Mexico are linked by geographical, historical, familial, cultural, economic, and security ties. In recognition of these deep ties and the strong relationship President Obama has forged with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, President Obama and the First Lady will host President Calderón and Mrs. Margarita Zavala in the White House for a State Dinner.

Last night’s State Dinner was held in the East Room of the White House and the State Dinner Performance was held under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Welcome, Mrs. Obama!, ¡Bienvenida, Sra. Zavala!

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and her Mexican counterpart Margarita Zavala (L) run with second graders during a physical education class as they visit New Hampshire Estates Elementary School May 19, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The school was awarded the USDAs Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award in 2009 and partnered with a school in Mexico as part of the Monarch Butterfly Sister School Program. President of Mexico Felipe Calderon is on a state visit to Washington with the first lady of Mexico. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

Mrs. Obama invited Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala to the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland for a Let’s Move! event, as part of the Administration’s activities to welcome the President and First Lady of Mexico. On their visit, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Zavala talked to children about making healthy choices, skipped around the gymnasium and joined students for a “family style” lunch with plenty of broccoli to go around.

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The New Hampshire Estates Elementary School has a connection to both Let’s Move! and Mexico. A recipient of USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award, the school stresses cooperative games and ways to maintain health through their physical education program and promotes social skills with “family style” lunches. It’s paired with a school in Mexico, as part of the Monarch Butterfly Sister School Program, which connects classrooms across North America to share projects on the Monarch butterfly.

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Official Arrival of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and First Lady Margarita Zavala

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Today, the President and Mrs. Obama welcomed President Calderón of Mexico and Mrs. Zavala to the White House. In remarks at the official arrival ceremony, the President emphasized what can be accomplished by working together and how this visit will advance the partnership between our countries even further:

Together, we can help create jobs and prosperity for our people. We can ensure that our common border is secure, modern and efficient, including immigration that is orderly and safe. We can stand firm, and deepen our cooperation, against the drug cartels that threaten our people. And given Mexico’s global leadership, we can stand together for the opportunity and security of all people, in our hemisphere and beyond.

Finally, Mr. President, your visit speaks to a truth of our time — in North America and the world. In the 21st century, we are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds. So I say to you and to the Mexican people, let us stand together. Let us face the future together. Let’s us work together. Trabajemos juntos.

Following the ceremony on the South Lawn, the President is holding a joint press conference with President Calderón in the Rose Garden. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will attend the State Dinner with President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala, joined by the Vice President and Dr. Biden in the East Room of the White House.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Host 2010 Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in an event marking Cinco de Mayo in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 5, 2010. (Photos by REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Feliez Cinco de Mayo! At six o’clock this evening, President Obama and First Lady Michelle welcomed hundreds of guests to the Rose Garden for a celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Battle of Puebla

Battle of Puebla

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May“) is a voluntarily-observed holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

On May 19th President Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon during a two-day state visit to the United States.

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18th Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington


Members of the Maru Montero Dance Company perform at the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument during the 18th Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington Sunday, May 2, 2010.

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On Cinco de Mayo, a Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Welcoming a boisterous crowd to the Rose Garden for Cinco de Mayo, the President had a long list of people to recognize. From Mexico’s Interior Secretary, Fernando Gomez Mont, to Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, to esteemed Members of Congress, to Secretaries Solis, Napolitano, and Salazar, to Maru and the Montero Dance Company and Javier Cortes, it was a crowd more than worthy of recognition.

The President also gave a nod to “Los Suns,” the Phoenix basketball team who has made a statement by wearing jerseys in their playoff games that give a nod to American and Arizona’s diversity. The President added his own statement:

“So today reminds us that America’s diversity is America’s strength. That’s why I spoke out against the recently passed law in Arizona. (Applause.) Make no mistake, our immigration system is broken. And after so many years in which Washington has failed to meet its responsibilities, Americans are right to be frustrated, including folks along border states. But the answer isn’t to undermine fundamental principles that define us as a nation. We can’t start singling out people because of who they look like, or how they talk, or how they dress. We can’t turn law-abiding American citizens —- and law-abiding immigrants —- into subjects of suspicion and abuse. We can’t divide the American people that way. That’s not the answer. That’s not who we are as the United States of America.

And that’s why I’ve instructed my administration to closely monitor the new law in Arizona, to examine the civil rights and other implications that it may have. That’s why we have to close the door on this kind of misconceived action by meeting our obligations here in Washington.

So I want to say it again, just in case anybody is confused. The way to fix our broken immigration system is through common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) That means responsibility from government to secure our borders, something we have done and will continue to do. It means responsibility from businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers -— they’ve got to be held accountable. It means responsibility from people who are living here illegally. They’ve got to admit that they broke the law, and pay taxes, and pay a penalty, and learn English, and get right before the law — and then get in line and earn their citizenship.

Comprehensive reform —- that’s how we’re going to solve this problem. And I know there’s been some commentary over the last week since I talked about this difficult issue: Well, is this politically smart to do? Can you get Republican votes? Look, of course, it’s going to be tough. That’s the truth. Anybody who tells you it’s going to be easy or I can wave a magic wand and make it happen hasn’t been paying attention how this town works. (Laughter.)

We need bipartisan support. But it can be done. And it needs to be done. So I was pleased to see a strong proposal for comprehensive reform presented in the Senate last week —- and I was pleased that it was based on a bipartisan framework. I want to begin work this year, and I want Democrats and Republicans to work with me — because we’ve got to stay true to who we are, a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits A San Diego Community Farm

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First Lady Michelle Obama holds a piece of chard given to her by Khadiga Musame, a refugee from Somalia, during her visit to the New Roots Community Farm in San Diego, California April 15, 2010. (Photo credit REUTERS/Mike Blake)

AP~Returning from Mexico, Michelle Obama made a brief stop Thursday across the border in San Diego to visit a community garden farmed by international refugees that she called a model for building healthy communities across the nation and around the world.

Obama toured the New Roots Community Farm to promote her campaign against childhood obesity and kick off a $1 billion project by The California Endowment to fund healthy living initiatives in 14 communities across the state, including the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, where the community farm is located.

Obama’s visit follows a week of travel that included a tour of earthquake-ravaged Haiti and a stop in Mexico to launch an agenda about inspiring young people around the world to become involved in their societies.

Some 80 farmers from around the globe work at the 2.3-acre farm, which started in June 2009 on city land in the middle of City Heights. Many grow vegetables like kale and sweet potatoes that they grew back in the native countries they left because of civil wars and other violence.

“It’s a model for the nation, for the world,” Obama said after touring the 89 plots, where she hugged the farmers and listened to their stories.

The garden provides fresh food to the refugees and their families. Some of the fruits and vegetables grown there also are sold at a farmers’ market and to local restaurants, giving the refugees some income. About 90 percent of the farmers have been unable to find a job because they do not have the skills or do not speak the language.

Millions of children in the United States live in what Obama called “food deserts,” places where there is no easy access to grocery stores or farmers’ markets.

She said the project with The California Endowment aims to turn “good ideas into something bigger.”

Tsitsi Mutseta, who moved to San Diego from Zimbabwe eight years ago, said the garden helped ease her mind as she adjusted to her new life in the United States, far from her family.

Mutseta is fighting cancer and said she told Obama the garden has given her a reason to live.

“I told her I come to the garden to relieve my pain. I get food from the garden that is organic and it connects me with my family because I grew up on a small farm in Zimbabwe,” said Mutseta, a tall woman who hugged Obama and gave her leaves from her kale crop. “She said she would pray for me and she loved what I did in the garden.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Mexico ~ Day Three

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First Lady Michelle Obama met with twelve Mexican student leaders for a roundtable disucssion before departing Mexico City today. (Photo Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images)

On her last day in Mexico City, the First Lady met with young people who are leading social programs and community initiatives to solve challenges in their communities ranging from promoting education to protecting the environment to improving health and wellness and expanding opportunities. The young Mexican leaders spoke about their work, their commitment to social progress, and their commitment to working collectively for the common good.

The First Lady will engage American youth around similar themes when she addresses the graduating classes of the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluffs, George Washington University, and Anacostia High School.

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First Lady Michelle Obama holds a round table with young leaders in the Hacienda de los Morales in Mexico City, Mexico, April 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Mexico ~ Day Two

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala wave to children during a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

On her first official solo international visit, the First Lady is traveling to Mexico with a special focus on engaging with the country’s young people. First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to university and high school students from in and around Mexico at Universidad Iberoamericana, a Mexico City University.

Remarks by the First Lady at Youth Forum — Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

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First Lady Michelle Obama gives address to the students at Universidad Iberoamericana on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (Photo credit Reuters/Henry Romero)

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First Lady Michelle Obama attends a dinner held in her honor by Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala (Photo Imperio Resendiz)

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mexico Itinerary

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

In recognition of the deep ties between the United States and Mexico, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Mexico City, Mexico, April 13-15, on her first solo official trip as First Lady. During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon around areas of interest to both first ladies.

The following is Mrs. Obama’s public schedule including pooled and open press events:

Tuesday, April 13 – First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama’s evening arrival will be open press, however space is limited.

Wednesday, April 14 – Mrs. Obama will start her day by traveling to Los Pinos – the residence of President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala – where she will meet privately with Mrs. Zavala. This event will be closed press.

Upon conclusion of her visit at Los Pinos, Mrs. Obama will accept Mrs. Zavala’s invitation to tour the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology). The museum is a centerpiece of Mexican culture and history housing the largest collection of ancient Mexican pieces in the world. This event attended by both first ladies will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.

Then Mrs. Obama will visit with students and teachers at Escuela Siete de Enero, a public elementary school that serves local low-income students ages 6-12. The school also participates in a mentoring program with the American School Foundation (ASF), an academically rigorous, international, university preparatory school offering students from diverse backgrounds an American independent education, in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama’s event will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.

Mrs. Obama will then travel to the Universidad Iberoamericana, a multidisciplinary institution serving over 11,000 students including 800 graduate students, to address invited university and high school students from in and around Mexico City. Mrs. Zavala will attend Mrs. Obama’s address as a guest of honor. This afternoon event is open press, however space is limited.

In the evening, Mrs. Obama will return to Los Pinos to attend a reception with women leaders organized by Mrs. Zavala. Following the reception, Mrs. Obama will have dinner hosted by Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Mrs. Zavala. This event is closed press.

Thursday, April 15 – Mrs. Obama will begin her day by thanking United States Embassy employees and their families. This event will be closed press.

Then Mrs. Obama will host a group of young leaders at La Hacienda de los Morales, an event center with a rich history dating back to the 16th century, for a breakfast roundtable discussion. Mrs. Obama will ask these men and women about their experiences and encourage them to continue their leadership in the community. Mrs. Obama’s event will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.

Upon conclusion of the roundtable breakfast, Mrs. Obama will depart Mexico City.

Thursday, April 15 – On the return trip from Mexico, the First Lady will stop in San Diego, California, for a Let’s Move! event. Further details on this event will be circulated next week.

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Obamas to Hold State Dinner for Mexico in May

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President Obama meets Mexican President Felipe Calderon's family including their golden retriever on April 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Press secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a state dinner on May 19 for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon during a two-day state visit. It will be the Obamas’ second state dinner – and the first put on by Julianna Smoot, who starts her new job as social secretary on Monday. Gibbs announced the upcoming event at the Thursday briefing–held outside on a warm day in the Rose Garden.

Lastly, want to announce that in recognition of the deep ties and strong relationship that President Obama has forged with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama and the first lady will host President Calderon and the Mexican first lady in a White House — at the White House for a state dinner on Wednesday, May 19th,” Gibbs said.

The dinner will take place in the context of an official visit by President Calderon, during which the president will have an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with President Calderon, including economic competitiveness, our growing security cooperation, clean-energy opportunities, immigration and other key issues.”

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

In addition, First Lady Michelle will visit Mexico City, Mexico, April 13-15, on her first solo official trip as First Lady. Mrs. Obama’s international agenda will amplify the President’s commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces First Solo Trip to Mexico

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

The First Lady plans to take her first solo trip to Mexico, where she’ll spend time with Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon. The two women recently talked during a official visit to the White House on February 25, 2010. During the visit, the first ladies discussed obesity, diabetes, addictions and the situation of undocumented Mexican minors in the United States. They stressed the links between the United States and Mexico and pledged to work on those issues.

The East Wing of the White House released the following information:

“In recognition of the deep ties between the United States and Mexico, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Mexico City, Mexico, April 13-15, on her first solo official trip as First Lady. Mrs. Obama’s international agenda will amplify the President’s commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world. During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon on the issues of education and economic advancement in both countries.”

President Barack Obama (R) greets Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa (2R) as U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (2L) greets Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala at the Phipps Conservatory for the G-20 Summit on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. President Obama met the world leaders and spouses this evening to kick off the two-day G-20 summit held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center aimed at promoting economic growth.(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images North America)

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