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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Mumbai University

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First Lady Michelle Obama plays with underprivileged children during her visit to the Mumbai University on November 6, 2010 in Mumbai, India.


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Students from the Make A Difference (MAD) program show First Lady Michelle Obama's signature on their hands. The First Lady visited the center for underprivileged children at the University of Mumbai. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama Meets With Students From the Documentary, “Waiting for Superman

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Watch a behind-the-scenes video with President Obama and students from the film Waiting for Superman. Yesterday, the children, their families and others that worked on the movie met with President Obama in the Oval Office and watched him depart in helicopter Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House.

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Lets Move with Dominique Dawes – June South Lawn Series

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Former Olympic Gymnast & Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes, Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, is joined by kids from all over Washington D.C. on the South Lawn of the White House. The group participated in a variety of sports and games with Dominique and learned about healthy lifestyle choices.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Presidential Directive on Military Families

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First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to the National Military Family Association Military Child Summit at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. May 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama today announced that President Obama has directed the National Security Staff to lead a new 90-day review to develop a coordinated Federal government-wide approach to supporting and engaging military families.  Building on work and expertise by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, the review will involve nearly twenty federal agencies as well as the White House Domestic Policy and National Economic Councils and the Offices of the Vice President, the First Lady, and Dr. Biden.

Specifically, the review will:

  • Set strategic military family priorities for the next ten years and identify key military family concerns and challenges;
  • Review a cross section of public and private programs to identify the most promising ideas and programs that positively support military families;
  • Develop options for departments to integrate military family matters into their strategic and budgetary priorities;
  • Examine opportunities for Federal policies and programs to stimulate new and support existing state and local efforts achieving military family readiness goals and meeting military family priorities;
  • Identify opportunities to leverage the skills and experience of military family members in national and community life; and
  • Strengthen existing feedback mechanisms for military families to voice their concerns and views on the effectiveness and future direction of relevant Federal programs and policies.

The review builds on the Obama administration’s efforts to forge an enduring national commitment to support and engage military families.  These combined national efforts will help ensure that:

  • The United States military continues to recruit and retain the highest-caliber volunteers contributing to the Nation’s security;
  • Service members can have strong family lives while maintaining the highest state of readiness and focus on their military responsibilities;
  • Civilian family members can fulfill their own potential while supporting service members; and
  • The general population better understands military families and seeks more opportunities to support military families.

“With just one percent of our population—our troops—doing 100 percent of the fighting our military families are being tested like never before,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “This government wide review will bring together the resources of the federal government, identify new opportunities across the public and private sectors, and lay the foundation for a coordinated approach to supporting and engaging military families for years to come.”

The First Lady made the announcement during an address to the National Military Family Association’s summit – When Parents Deploy:  Understanding the Experiences of Military Children and Spouses.  Mrs. Obama addressed the state of America’s military families today, outlined a vision of the nation supporting them over the long-term, and how, as a country, all segments of society can work together to turn that vision into a reality.  The First Lady, along with Dr. Jill Biden, uses their platform to support military families by:

  • Championing a national call to action that both addresses the unique challenges facing military families and recognizes and taps their skills, strength and commitment to service;
  • Building stronger civilian-military community ties; and
  • Engaging and highlighting the service and sacrifice of military families to ensure their voices are heard inside the administration.

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with National Military Family Association Board Chair Mary Scott after speaking at the National Military Family Association Military Child Summit at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Take Your Child to Work Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to children in the East Room of the White House April 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama addressed and answered questions from children of Executive Office employees at the White House's annual Take Your Child to Work Day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)

CBSNews~First Lady Michelle Obama this morning held a question-and-answer session with about 100 children of White House staffers in the East Room of the White House. The occasion? Take Your Child to Work Day.

“What’s important to know is that your parents got here because they worked hard,” the first lady said. “They worked hard when they were your age. And I tell my kids this all the time: If you want to work in a place like the White House, no matter what you do, now is the time that you have to start thinking about working hard in school.”

One child asked Mrs. Obama “what will happen if something bad happened to a country.”

“Well, first of all I’d wake my husband up if it were at night,” she responded, prompting laughter. “And I’d tell him, hey, buddy, you’re the president, get down to the Oval Office and call some leaders.”

Asked about the much-obsessed over first dog, Bo, the first lady called him “crazy.”

“He loves to chew on people’s feet,” she said.

Another student asked what Mrs. Obama likes to do in her free time. She said that she doesn’t have much free time, and that she is spending a lot of time taking care of the puppy and going to her kids’ games.

She does, however, occasionally “sneak out” for a little fun, she said.

“Every now and then I have this thing that I like to do with some of my staff members, and we sneak out, without telling anybody, and we go and test out all the fun places to eat in D.C. — like I went to Five Guys and nobody knew it,” she said, prompting laughs from the children. “It was good.”

Remarks by The First Lady at Take Your Child to Work Day Event

Bo, the Obama family dog, paws First Lady Michelle Obama's leg as she answers questions from children of White House staff members during a Take Your Child To Work Day event in the East Room of the White House, April 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden: Month of the Military Child

Supporting military families is a top Obama Administration priority. April is Month of the Military Child and gives the nation the opportunity to recognize the character, strength and sacrifices of America’s military children as well as the role they play in the armed forces community. Today, there are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18-years-old with a parent serving in the military and approximately 900,000 children and youth with one or both parents deployed multiple times. Learn more about the Month of the Military Child here.

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President Obama Calls for New Steps to Prepare Children for College and Careers

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President Obama outlines new steps to better prepare Americas children for college and the workplace at a meeting with the National Governors Association . The President is calling for a redesigned Elementary and Secondary Education Act that includes a comprehensive, new vision to help states successfully transition to and implement college- and career-ready standards by improving teacher preparation and development, upgrading classroom instruction, and supporting high-quality assessments.
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