12:47 PM, Dec 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack and Michelle Obama will gather in the White House later this afternoon with a group of moms. Their mission? To push Obamacare.
"[A]t approximately 2:00 pm eastern, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with a group of moms in the Oval Office. They will be joined by White House Senior Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett. Several of the moms attending the meeting are helping to lead outreach efforts to let their friends, neighbors and kids take advantage of new health insurance options and protections under the Affordable Care Act. Moms have a unique role to play in helping young adults gain health care coverage. [Today] the White House will highlight that three million young adults gained health insurance because they can stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26," says an unnamed White House official in an email to reporters.
"During the meeting, the group will discuss the critical role that moms are playing in helping their families and communities access quality, affordable health care by encouraging their adult children, family members and peers to sign up for coverage. Women are often the health care decision makers for their families and are a key demographic for the ongoing effort to ensure consumers know about the new health benefits available to them under the ACA."
12:08 PM, Nov 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have joined immigration activists today on the National Mall. Via the White House pool report:
The presidential motorcade left the White House at 11:33 a.m. and arrived at National Mall the 11:42 a.m.
POTUS and FLOTUS came here to speak informally to a Fast For Families event where immigration advocates are fasting to call attention to the push for reform. His remarks were inaudible as the press pool was kept a distance away.
'My Husband Has Got Swag.'8:09 AM, Nov 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded.
Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing."
She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice."
3:07 PM, Nov 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama is telling Democratic donors to pay. "[I]t's simple, you can write a big ol' fat check," the first lady told Democrats at a fundraiser. "That's what we need you to do. Right now, write a big check -- big huge one -- write the biggest check you can possibly write. Take your frustration, your passion, your hope, and turn that into real meaningful support for leaders who will truly represent the people they serve."
1:55 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Michelle Obama will not be tweeting as frequently, due to the federal government shutdown. The announcement was made today on ... the first lady's Twitter account.
Michelle Obama’s new cause. Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It probably seemed safe enough. The people advising the first lady may not even have taken a poll or run a focus group. After all, who could possibly be opposed to . . . water? Even Ted Cruz and Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity drink the stuff. Not enough, probably. Which might, come to think of it, explain a lot. Still, a campaign to get Americans to drink more water, with the first lady as the face and chief spokesperson—what could go wrong? No controversy. No politics. Just clean, pure water.
1:19 PM, Sep 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama is reaching out to President Obama's former reelection campaign.
"It's been a while since I've written, but it's a good time to check in," writes Obama in an email to folks on the Organizing for Action email list.
12:20 PM, Sep 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House today announced Música Latina, a concert featuring performers Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Price Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis. The event will take place at the White House next week on September 16.
11:24 AM, Sep 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama's office is holding a conference call with reporters now to tout her "New Effort To Encourage Everyone to Drink More Water," according to the White House. The content of the call is "embargoed until 6:00AM ET on Thursday, September 12."
6:46 PM, Sep 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with NBC, President Obama suggested a diplomatic solution was at hand regarding Syria, and he said, "If you ask Michelle do we want to be involved in another war, the answer is no."
The NBC host asked, "Would you act without Congress? The answer could be yes, no, or I haven't decided."
11:10 AM, Aug 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama says "No" when asked whether she'll "ever run" for president of the United States.
But the first lady is confident she'll see a female president in her lifetime. "Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there," says Michelle Obama.
7:55 PM, Aug 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended a cocktail party this evening at the Martha's Vineyard home of National Public Radio host and special correspondent Michele Norris, according to the White House pool report. Norris's husband, Broderick Johnson, is a lobbyist who worked on Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
5:39 PM, Jul 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement to the press, President Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, marked the birth of the "young prince" in the UK.
2:31 PM, Jul 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel are teaming up to work on "youth empowerment," the White House announced today. They'll join together later this week in Chicago for an event on the issue.
"We take our bangs and we stand in front of important things the world needs to see."7:55 AM, Jul 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Tanzania, Michelle Obama joked about the "prison-like elements" of being first lady. "[B]ut it's a really nice prison," she said. "You can't complain."