May 16th, 2014
10:45 PM ET
2 months ago

60 years after Brown v. Board, Michelle Obama tells Topeka students they are its ‘legacy’

(CNN) – Sixty years after the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education challenged segregation in Topeka, Kansas, and changed the makeup of American classrooms forever, first lady Michelle Obama looked out at a crowd of Topeka’s soon-to-be high school graduates and saw its “living, breathing legacy.”

In 1954, Oliver Brown, an African-American welder and assistant pastor, brought the case against the Topeka Board of Education for not allowing his 9-year-old daughter, Linda, to attend Sumner Elementary School, an all-white school near the family’s home. Friday night in Topeka, the nation’s first African-American first lady looked out at the diverse faces of soon-to-be graduates and said they reminded her of her own daughters.

“Graduates, it is clear that some of the most important parts of your education have come not just from your classes but from your classmates,” said Obama. “Ultimately, that was the hope and dream of Brown,” Obama said, speaking at a “Senior Appreciation Day” event attended by students, families and faculty of area schools.
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Michelle Obama: Nigeria kidnappings 'unconscionable'
May 10th, 2014
09:57 AM ET
3 months ago

Michelle Obama: Nigeria kidnappings 'unconscionable'

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama condemned the "unconscionable" kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, saying the action was taken by "a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education."

"Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken" over the mass kidnapping by the terrorist group Boko Haram, the first lady said Saturday in the White House weekly address.

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First solo weekly address by first lady to focus on abducted girls
May 9th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
3 months ago

First solo weekly address by first lady to focus on abducted girls

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver Saturday's weekly address for Mother's Day weekend, the White House announced Friday.

The White House said her remarks will focus on the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by an Islamist militant group and, more broadly, about education around the world.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • White House
May 9th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
3 months ago

Who's the most admired first lady?

Washington (CNN) - Bush and Clinton are tied in a new poll.

But this isn't a survey of a possible 2016 presidential showdown. Instead it's a poll of the most admired first lady.

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Filed under: Barbara Bush • Hillary Clinton • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama • White House
Oregon State fires Michelle Obama's brother as basketball coach
May 5th, 2014
02:16 PM ET
3 months ago

Oregon State fires Michelle Obama's brother as basketball coach

(CNN) – Oregon State University canned men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, the brother of first lady Michelle Obama, on Monday, saying in a statement that the decision is in the best interests of the school.

A national search for a new coach has begun, Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said.

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First Lady changes plans after controversy over high school graduation address
April 24th, 2014
01:50 PM ET
3 months ago

First Lady changes plans after controversy over high school graduation address

(CNN) - Michelle Obama will no longer speak at Kansas high school graduation ceremony after protests that the first lady's presence meant less family members could attend because seating would be more limited.

Instead, the White House announced Thursday, Obama will speak May 16 at a "Senior Recognition Day" - the day before the official graduation.

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April 24th, 2014
01:09 PM ET
3 months ago

First lady receives plea from daughter of unemployed man

Washington (CNN) - The children of Executive Office employees crowded into the East Room of the White House on Thursday to ask first lady Michelle Obama a question as part of the White House’s annual celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

While most children used their question to ask Obama about her favorite food or drink or place to travel, one young girl seated in the front row took the opportunity to try to help her unemployed father.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • unemployment
April 21st, 2014
01:07 PM ET
3 months ago

Obamas open up South Lawn to eager children for Easter Egg Roll

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Easter Bunny to welcome a crowd of children, parents and volunteers to the White House South Lawn on Monday for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.

The first couple walked onto the Truman Balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn, and the President wished everyone a "Happy Easter." As he looked out onto the crowd he added, "This is the biggest event we have at the White House all year long."

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
April 21st, 2014
09:48 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Should Justice Ginsburg retire?

Here's our morning roundup of the big stories Inside Politics on CNN:

The justice and her plans: She’s 81, has had two bouts with cancer and has been on the Supreme Court for 21 years, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made it clear she won’t be rushed off the bench.

It’s no secret that a lot of Democrats would like to see her step down.

There’s certainly no guarantee a Democrat will win the White House in 2016. And more immediately, there’s no guarantee that Democrats will keep their majority in the Senate in 2014. Both elections could complicate Democrats’ hope to replace Ginsburg with an equally liberal justice. FULL POST


Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Inside Politics • Joe Biden • Michelle Obama
Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play
April 11th, 2014
08:22 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play

New York (CNN) – After two speeches heralding the civil rights movement and its impact on his life, President Barack Obama on Friday took in a revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun,' the landmark play chronicling racial tension on Chicago's South Side.

The drama, which entered the canon of American literature soon after its premiere in 1959, is currently running on Broadway starring Denzel Washington.

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