First Lady changes plans after controversy over high school graduation address
April 24th, 2014
01:50 PM ET
4 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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Filed under: Michelle Obama
April 24th, 2014
01:09 PM ET
4 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
4 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
4 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
5 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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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
First lady announces support for military caregivers
April 11th, 2014
07:51 PM ET
5 months ago

First lady announces support for military caregivers

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama hosted caregivers of veterans and active duty service members in the East Room of the White House on Friday to recognize the efforts of wounded military caregivers and to bring together support for her continuing initiative, known as "Joining Forces."

Friday's event marked the 3rd anniversary of the "Joining Forces" initiative, a cause the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden have championed since President Barack Obama's first term.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama • Veterans
April 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET
5 months ago

Bush 41 greets Obamas in Houston

(CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush greeted President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama as they disembarked from Air Force One in Houston on Wednesday.

The former president, seated in a scooter, smiled and spoke with the Obamas for several minutes, according to pool reports.

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Filed under: George H. W. Bush • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Texas
Inside Politics: Obama vs. Romney... and Putin
March 26th, 2014
08:11 AM ET
5 months ago

Inside Politics: Obama vs. Romney... and Putin

Take a quick trip Inside Politics and see the stories setting the stage in Washington today:

Obama vs. Romney ... and Putin – A tough question for President Obama on Romney, Russia and Putin. Obama is a master of the long–winded sidestep - guarded, professorial and often dismissive answers to questions from reporters.

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Filed under: Bruce Braley • Iowa • Kentucky • Michelle Obama • Mitch McConnell • Mitt Romney • Vladimir Putin
Inside Politics: Obama Now Wants NSA Shakeup
March 25th, 2014
10:07 AM ET
5 months ago

Inside Politics: Obama Now Wants NSA Shakeup

Take a quick trip Inside Politics and see the stories setting the stage in Washington today:

Obama to Propose NSA Shake-up

The big headline Tuesday morning is that President Barack Obama will call for the end of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. The White House plan to reform the NSA’s ability to collect phone data and instead rely on phone companies to store it was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by CNN.

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Filed under: Alaska • Condoleezza Rice • Michelle Obama • NSA • Sarah Palin • Uncategorized • Vice President Biden
March 18th, 2014
07:48 PM ET
5 months ago

First lady's official trip to China will stay away from politics

Washington (CNN)-First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China this week will focus on broadening ties between the U.S. and China and will avoid discussions of any political differences.

Mrs. Obama will depart Wednesday on her week-long trip where she will visit three cities and speak to students at several schools about the importance of education and youth empowerment in their communities.

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Filed under: China • Michelle Obama
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