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First Family Helps Families At Food Pantry

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President Barack Obama packs and gives bags of food to area residents, with the help of his daughters Sasha and Malia, and first lady Michelle Obama, and first grandmother Marion Robinson, ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday at Martha’s Table on November 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Obama family delivered turkeys and bags of food to needy families at Martha’s Table, a 30-year-old non-profit that helps poor children, youth and families with food and clothing.

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The Obama’s Welcome Broadway to the White House

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Tonight the President and First Lady continued their White House music series with “A Broadway Celebration” to honor the arts and demonstrate the importance of arts education. The White House has consistently looked to support the arts even during these tough times. As the President has said, “the arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are at the heart of our national life.” This evening’s event was the sixth in a series that showcases the music that has shaped and enriched our country – preceded by tributes to jazz, country, Latin, classical and the music of the Civil Rights Movement.

This afternoon, dance students from the local Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Joy of Motion Dance Center will work with Tony Award winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell on a segment from the Broadway show Hairspray. The youth ensemble will come to the White House to perform in a special dress rehearsal for the First Lady, their parents and teachers, before joining the ranks of some of Broadway’s most prestigious performers.

Tonight’s performances included selections from American musicals that reflect the spirit, energy and ambition of America, featuring Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Brian d’Arcy James, Chad Kimball, Tonya Pinkins, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Assata Alston, Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli under the direction of George C. Wolfe.

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Celebrating Independence Day at the White House and in Iraq

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Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted more than 1,200 military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House. The “Salute to the Military” USO Concert included performances by The Killers, Cedric “The Entertainer,” and Brandi Carlile, and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. The evening wraped up with a viewing of the fireworks on the National Mall.

In case you missed it, watch First Lady Michelle Obama’s video message about supporting our military families on Independence Day.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July with Our Troops in Iraq
Written by Dr. Jill Biden

Vice President Joe Biden, center, congratulates a soldier on becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq. Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, left, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, also attended the event during which more than 150 U.S. servicemembers became U.S. citizens. July 4, 2010. (by Elaine Wilson)

Last night, my husband Joe and I flew to Iraq to celebrate the Fourth of July with our troops. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than spending it with Americans who are bravely serving our country.

This morning we participated in a naturalization ceremony for about 150 of our soldiers serving here in Iraq. I was honored to be part of this special day with so many brave men and women who have been volunteering to fight for our country even before they took the oath of citizenship.

U.S. troops take the citizenship oath during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq. More than 150 servicemembers became citizens in a ceremony attended by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden. July 4, 2010. (by Elaine Wilson)

Afterwards, I had lunch with several women soldiers who told me about their experiences serving in Iraq. Many of them are mothers, and one of them is married to a soldier who is also deployed. They are managing all the challenges of parenting – securing health care, child care and education – while one or both parents are away.

It’s not easy to be away from loved ones – especially over the holidays. So please, take a minute today and give thanks to our military families serving this Nation around the world.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, and may God protect our troops.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, shares lunch with female soldiers at the Oasis Dining Facility on Camp Victory, Iraq. Biden spoke with the soldiers about their family-related issues and concerns. July 4, 2010. (by Elaine Wilson)

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Fireworks begin as The Killers play on the South Lawn of the White House during the Fourth of July celebration. July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the roof of the White House. July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Obamas Host the Annual White House Congressional Picnic

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC.. The first dog Bo was in tow. Alaskan Salmon smoked on an open pit was served for dinner. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images North America)

President Obama welcomes members of Congress to the White House as he and the First Lady host the annual White House Congressional picnic.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle in Asheville, NC ~ Day Two

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Kids try to get a glimpse of President Barack Obama as he golfed on his weekend break in Asheville, N.C., April 24, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Pool Reports

  • 8:48 AM~Potus is golfing. He teed off at 7:30 am at the Grove Park Inn course, the White House says. No press coverage was permitted. The foursome included Chicago friends Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitaker, and White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson.
  • 1:38 PM~Potus finished playing 18 holes of golf at 12:54 pm, nearly 5 1/2 hours after teeing off. One glimpse of the foursome as they played what appears to be a par 4. A witness said potus waved to a group of hotel guests watching his tee shot from a glassed-in lounge above the course. As the long convoy of golf carts made it’s way to the green (well protected by bunkers), guests clad in blue bathrobes emerged from the nearby spa to get a look. Weather cooperated during the president’s round, though skies are still overcast.
  • 7:22 PM~Potus, flotus, the Nesbitts and the Whitakers left the Grove Park Inn at 6:00 pm and drove 20 minutes to the Biltmore House, where they received a 50 minute private tour. The house, which gives the White House a run for it’s money, is a 4- story French Renaissance manor with 250 rooms and 65 fireplaces. Built by George Vanderbilt, it is said to be the largest privately owned home in the U.S. Steady rain now falling. Motorcade has left the grounds and we’re rolling toward a restaurant where the 3 couples are having dinner.
  • 7:54 PM~The first couple and friends are dining at the Corner Kitchen restaurant in Asheville. Motorcade dropped them off about 7:30 p.m.
  • 9:05 PM~Potus, flotus and friends left the Corner Kitchen restaurant about 9 pm. Potus, wearing a dark jacket against the rain, got a round of applause from diners as he left. Standing outside he waved at the pool. Someone inside the restaurant yelled, “Come back soon.” “We will!” he said. Michelle followed him out, with someone holding an umbrella above her head. Motorcade rolling back to the hotel.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle in Asheville, NC ~ Day One

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President Obama and the First Lady made a surprise visit to 12 Bones smokehouse in Asheville, North Carolina this afternoon, which had seen another surprise visit from then-candidate Obama in October 2008. (12 Bones appears to be well-liked by most.)

The Obama mingled with customers and staff, posed for photos and eventually ordered two rib plates, and given order number 99. From the pool report, the precise order per Bill Burton was:

Ribs, greens, baked beans, corn pudding, mac & cheese and corn bread. All washed down with a couple of sweet teas.

About those ribs…deputy press sescretary Bill Burton tweeted during the meal:

Plates of ribs here at 12 Bones Smokehouse give new meaning to ‘too big to fail’

When the Obamas left 12 Bones, a crowd had gathered on the corner, a few with “Welcome” signs, and a couple that read: “We love Sasha” and “Howdy Malia.”

Next the Obamas went for a post-BBQ hike, to work off some of that great food.

From the pool report:

After a more than hour-long hike that your pooler didn’t get to (or have to, depending on your view of hikes) go on, the president and the first lady emerged from the trail off of Blue Ridge Parkway at 4:34 p.m.

A string of sweaty USSS agents and support staff emerged first. POTUS and FLOTUS, each carrying a bottle of water, exchanged a few words with a couple of rangers at the top of the trail. Marvin Nicholson was also at there waiting.

Neither of the first hikers seemed winded, and FLOTUS, who had on a tank top and her shirt around her waist, even did a light jog to their SUV.

Bill Burton sends along this anecdote from POTUS and FLOTUS’s hike:

Quote from chance encounter with an elderly woman on the hiking trail. They stopped briefly to say hi.

“Are you who I think you are?
You just made my day. You just made my year!”

Burton says the first couple encountered about 4 other hikers.

The White House says the Obamas have no public plans while in North Carolina, although the president will speak at Sunday’s memorial in Beckley, W.Va., for the victims of the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in 40 years. The April 5 explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine took 29 lives.

The Obamas plan to return to Washington on Sunday evening.

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Photos from the first day…

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a chance encounter with other hikers while walking along a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Asheville, N.C., April 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The First Couple Head to Asheville, North Carolina for A Week-end Getaway

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President Obama and the First Lady head to Asheville, North Carolina this weekend for a week-end getaway.

The historic city of Asheville, on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains features a funky and eclectic downtown, more than 30 art galleries, a large culinary scene and one of the most spectacular estates ever constructed in this country.

Its location just off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park, makes it a great launching point for tourists looking to hike, bike or go rafting.

Look for more posts, photos and videos of the trip over the weekend.

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