Michelle Obama Articles

Michelle Obama to Sit With Syrian Refugee at State of the Union

7:38 AM, Jan 11, 2016

The first lady of the United States will be sitting with a Syrian refugee at this week's State of the Union Address. The refugee's name is Refaai Hamo.

"Growing up in Syria, Refaai Hamo lived what seemed to be the kind of life associated with the American Dream – the son of a farmer and housewife, he worked construction at night to pay his way through college on his way to a PhD, married his college sweetheart and built a family together. This life and happiness changed forever when a Syrian government anti-personnel missile tore through the complex Refaai designed and where his family lived; in total seven of his family members died, including his wife and one daughter," the White House explains in an announcement.

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Kid Tells Michelle Obama He Needs to Pop Pill to Deal With Santa Excitement

8:10 AM, Dec 25, 2015

A kid told the first lady of the United States that he will need to pop a pill in order to be able to deal with his excitment for Santa Claus. The comment came during Michelle Obama's annual NORAD Santa-Tracker phone calls with children, a transcript of which was released by the White House.

The first lady asked the boy, "So are you going to stay up late tonight, or are you going to get a good night's sleep so that you're fresh for Christmas?"

"I'm probably going to ask my mom if I can take a pill that will help me sleep, because otherwise I'm going to stay up all night," the boy replied.

Obama responded, "Oh, that sounds -- it's a little exciting, right?"

Here's the exchange:


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In Qatar Speech, Michelle Obama Complains About Growing Up as a Girl in America

8:18 AM, Nov 04, 2015

Michelle Obama went to Qatar to give a speech on girls education. There, the first lady of the United States complained about growing up as a girl in America.

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Michelle Obama: 'Poverty Is Sexist'

8:26 PM, Sep 26, 2015

Michelle Obama introduced Bono at an event this evening in New York City. As the first lady introduced the singer-turned-icon, she repeated one of his signature lines: "povery is sexist."

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Obama: 'I Can’t Rap. I Got Enough of a Rap that I Got Michelle to Marry Me'

2:55 PM, Jul 23, 2015

President Obama did a rare thing today at the White House: he admitted to a shortcoming. 

"That’s one thing I can’t do is rap," Obama told a group of a 130 students. "I like rap, but I can’t rap. I got enough of a rap that I got Michelle to marry me."

The remarks were part of an event called "Beating the Odds," which was hosted today by First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Via the pool report:

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Michelle Obama Touts Her Own Independence: I Made 'My Own Choices About My Body'

6:57 PM, Jun 29, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama is thankful for her life. At the More magazine Impact Awards at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the first lady credits her good life--and independence--to education.

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Congressman's Son Part of Black Market Selling Junk Food in Schools

With the help of his father.
3:37 PM, Jun 26, 2015

A congressman's son is part of a black market at school to sell junk food, the child's mother revealed on Fox News. The revelation came from child's mother, Rachel Campos-Duffy, who is married to Rep. Sean Duffy, an accomplice in the black market sales of junk food.

Watch Campos-Duffy explain on Fox News:

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The ‘Rotating First Lady’

Jun 22, 2015

Our attention was drawn last week to the presidential campaign of Lindsey Graham. The Scrapbook likes and admires Graham, the veteran Republican senator from South Carolina, but concedes that he is probably not the likely nominee. Graham’s specialty is foreign relations, which never plays a prominent role in primary politics, and he doesn’t have much of a campaign staff or fundraising apparatus. 

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Michelle Obama Brings 'Glam Squad' to U.S. Army Garrison in Italy

2:19 PM, Jun 19, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a surprise baby shower for expecting mothers at the U.S. Army Garrison in Vicenza, Italy. She brought along the "glam squad" from New York to join the festivities.

"This is your surprise baby shower," Obama said, according to a White House transcript of the event. "We know how much you guys do for us. And we know that it’s even more challenging for you guys who are expecting. And many of you -- all of you have your loved one deployed or about to be deployed, right?"

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Michelle Obama: I Won't Slow Down in 'Final Stretch as First Lady'

8:49 PM, Jun 17, 2015

Michelle Obama pledges not to slow down, despite the fact her second and final term as first lady is winding down. She made the comments in an interview with an Italian publication touting her Let's Move health initiative.

The publication asked, "You just celebrated the fifth anniversary of your initiative “Let’s Move!” What are the best results you have achieved and the next goals?"

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Ohio Congressman Pushes Salad Bars in Schools

Lettuce eat lettuce.
1:08 PM, Jun 17, 2015

Thanks to Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan, salad may soon be added to the list of government-enshrined responsibilities.  

Yes, salad.

The Salad Bars in Schools Expansion Act, which was introduced by the Ohio congressman last week, aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by school-age children. It would create a grant program to install salad bars in public schools across the nation.

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Michelle Obama to Chicago Grads: 'You Have More Scars Than They Do'

6:48 AM, Jun 10, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama had some strong words for the graduating class of Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois. She advised the class on how to get past "struggles."

The first lady's main point was "a lesson about how to get through those struggles, and that is, instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you," as Obama said. "Let them make you even hungrier to succeed."

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Obamas, Minus Barack, Get Ready for European Vacation

2:00 PM, Jun 04, 2015

The Obama family, minus the president of the United States, will head to Europe later this month, according to the White House. They'll be visiting the United Kingdom and Italy.

It won't be all fun and games, however. There will be a couple official stops in the week-long trip.

"First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to London, Milan, and Vicenza from June 15-21, 2015. Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama," the White House announced today.

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Michelle Obama Turns Attention to 'Promote Pollinator Health'

9:20 PM, Jun 01, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama has been trying to promote healthy living. But now she's aiming at something different -- promoting "pollinator health."

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Michelle Obama Tells Graduates to 'Shape the Revolutions'

2:02 PM, May 25, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke today to graduates of Oberlin College. She encouraged the graduating class to "rise above the noise and shape the revolutions of your time."

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Michelle Obama Works Out for the Cameras

9:14 AM, May 20, 2015

The White House has released video of First Lady Michelle Obama working out. The video is meant to encourage others to exercise. 

Watch here:

Obama begins the video by saying, "I want to emphasize that you should only do exercises like these with a coach or a parent around to make sure you're using the right form. That's how you can both get active and stay safe."

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Michelle Obama: 'There's Nothing We Can't Achieve'

8:42 AM, May 13, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama is trying to rally Democrats around the lame duck president, Barack Obama. "I'm proud to be a Democrat," Mrs. Obama writes in an email to Democrats.

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Michelle Obama Jokes About Running for President

Letterman Encourages.
10:08 PM, Apr 30, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama joked with David Letterman about running for president. watch here:

"I'm retiring in a few weeks," Letterman said. 

"No kidding," Obama deadpanned.

"And I know that your time at the White House, in a couple of years, same sort of thing," Letterman continued after sharing a laugh. "You won't be retiring though. But do you ever glimpse down that far down the road?"

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First Ladies and Gentlemen

Gleanings and observations.
11:33 AM, Apr 29, 2015

America has a rather unique role for the wives of Presidents and other office holders -- we designate them “First Ladies” and make available to them the bloody pulpit of their husbands’ office and considerable staff support. At times there is a public benefit: teacher-librarian Laura Bush did considerable work to expand literacy. But then there are times when we rather wish the first would be last among us.

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‘A Concerned 8-Year-Old Citizen’ Writes Brutal Letter to Michelle Obama

7:02 AM, Apr 21, 2015

A friend sends along an email attachment—a handwritten letter by his 8-year-old son, Peter. It’s addressed to First Lady Michelle Obama. “It all started because he saw something about school lunches [and] how ketchup is bad for you, and that Michelle Obama wants to limit the amount of ketchup” in schools, my friend explained. When the boy’s mother reminded him he attends a private school, making the ketchup rationing a nonissue, “He said something about wanting to ‘give a voice to the voiceless.’”

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Did First Lady Use 'Divisive Rhetoric' in 2014 Campaign?

8:21 AM, Mar 20, 2015

Since Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in Israel's recent elections, the Obama administration has made its displeasure with the results abundantly clear. To help justify changes in its posture towards Israel, the White House appears anxious to point out what it sees as "divisive" rhetoric and attitudes by Netanyahu and his party aimed at the Arab population of Israel.

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Biden on the Dumbbell

9:48 AM, Mar 14, 2015

Joe Biden's no lightweight.

He might be the vice president of the United States, but he's still using his dumbbell at work. In a short Vine video to promote (or parody?) the fifth year anniversary of Michelle Obama's Let's Move health initiative, Biden is seen pumping iron in his office.

Watch here:

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Obamas Dine at CNN Exec's House

7:19 PM, Feb 07, 2015

President Obama, Michelle Obama, and Malia Obama are dining at the home of CNN executive Virginia Moseley tonight, according to the White House pool report. Moseley's husband is Thomas Nides, a former (and probably future) aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

Via the pool report:

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Obamas Dine at Restaurant Charging $500,000 for Membership

$295 prix fixe menu.
7:01 AM, Jan 02, 2015

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, spent the first night of the new year at Vintage Cave, an upscale restaurant in Hawaii.

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Michelle Obama: I Was Asked to Take Something Off a Shelf at Target

8:40 AM, Dec 17, 2014

The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their "own racist experiences," as the magazine described. 

Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States. 

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Feinstein: 'Flattered' Michelle Obama Might Be Considering Run for My Senate Seat

9:01 AM, Oct 26, 2014

California senator Dianne Feinstein told CNN this morning that she'd be "flattered" if Michelle Obama is considering a run for her Senate in 2018:

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Michelle Obama Flubs Again: Gets Dem Candidate Bio Wrong

2:40 PM, Oct 23, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama incorrectly referred to Democratic senator Mark Udall as a "fifth-generation Coloradan" while at a campaign stop Thursday. Udall, who is running for reelection, was born in Tucson, Arizona, and is the son of the former Arizona congressman and presidential candidate Morris Udall. Watch the video below:

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Michelle Obama Mocks Democratic Voters: 'I Ain’t Going to Vote... I Couldn’t Wake Up'

7:01 AM, Oct 16, 2014

In speeches designed to fire up Democrats to vote in midterm elections, President Obama has at times described voters in his party as having a "congenital defect." Wednesday, First L

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Michelle Obama Gets Iowa Dem Senate Candidate's Name Wrong

4:57 PM, Oct 10, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama got the name of the Iowa Democratic Senate candidate wrong multiple times at a campaign event today:

His name is Bruce Braley, not "Bruce Bailey," which the first lady mistakenly called him.

Fortunately, the crowd corrected her. "Brailey, what did I say?"

"Bailey," the crowd shouted back.

Michelle Obama also wrongly stated that the Iowa Senate candidate is a Marine Corps Veteran -- which he isn't:

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Michelle Obama: 'Fashion Plays an Important Role in my Confidence'

'My Ability To Do My Job Is Really Linked to How I Feel About What I'm Wearing'
12:08 PM, Oct 09, 2014

Clothes may not make the woman, but according to First Lady Michelle Obama, they don't hurt. Mrs.

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