It’s All About Easter Festivities: Michelle Visits Fisher House. The Easter Egg Roll Line Up. Barack Speaks On Passover.


By Jueseppi B.

White House Keepsake Eggs. The 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bold colors - pink, orange, blue, green – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady.  A commemorative purple “Bo and Sunny” egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector’s Egg Set.

White House Keepsake Eggs.
The 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bold colors – pink, orange, blue, green – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. A commemorative purple “Bo and Sunny” egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector’s Egg Set.



Remarks by the First Lady at Fisher House Family Easter Event


First Lady Michelle Obama wears stickers on her face that where placed on her by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt,

First Lady Michelle Obama wears stickers on her face that where placed on her by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt,


Maryland Fisher House IV
Bethesda, Maryland

1:59 P.M. EDT


MRS. OBAMA:  Hi, everybody!  What are you guys doing in here?  Are you making Easter cards?  Yes?  Well, I’m going to come by and see you.  I brought two friends with me today — Sunny and Bo.  They’re here!  And I also brought some goodies from the pastry chef, so there’s some cookies for you guys if you all behave and your parents say you can have some.  (Laughter.)  There are cookies for you.


1st Lady Michelle meets 6-month-old Kyleigh Garmon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today .

1st Lady Michelle meets 6-month-old Kyleigh Garmon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today .


But one of the reasons why I like to come to the Fisher House is to shine a light on all the great things that the Fisher House staff do here.  I mean, I know that they give you guys a home away from home when you’re going through some of the toughest times in your life.  And it’s nice to be able to come to a beautiful facility like this where I know the staff is so — yes!  What?  (Laughter.)  There’s something important here.  (Laughter.)



(Child hands Mrs. Obama an Easter card.)



Let me see.  Oh, my gosh.  It’s Happy Easter!  I love it!  See, this is why I come here.  This is the best part of my day — with so many great families, you guys.  But, more importantly, I get to shine a light on you all, the families — our military families and our military kids.  Because you all are our heroes, especially our kids.  Do you know — hey, hey, kids, do you guys know you’re heroes?


1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.

1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.





MRS. OBAMA:  You are.  You guys are heroes.  You’re — yes, that’s Spiderman.



MOTHER:  Spidergirl.


First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Joshua Seal and his son Wyatt

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Joshua Seal and his son Wyatt


MRS. OBAMA:  Spidergirl, yes.  (Laughter.)  An important hero.  Because you guys do what you do and make your parents’ lives so wonderful, they’re able to do the job that they do.  And I know your parents couldn’t do this without you guys.  So we’re so proud of you all.



And to show just how grateful — are these mine to keep?





CHILD:  Yes.



MRS. OBAMA:  Are these mine?  Okay!  (Laughter.)  But because the President and I are so grateful to all of you, I have a little surprise, too.  We’ve got this really cool thing that happens at the White House on Monday.  It’s the Easter Egg Roll, and it’s a day full of fun.  We’ve got 30,000 people who come to the South Lawn.  And you can do Easter egg rolls, and learn how to cook healthy and eat healthy, and jump around.  And there’s entertainment.  There are cool bands and groups and people you guys will know, and a lot of characters and face painting.  And I brought tickets for all of you guys to come on Monday if you’re free.  (Laughter.)  If you’re free.



So I brought tickets for all of you to come to the White House on Monday.  All right?  So if you guys have time — the tickets are here, and hopefully I’ll see you guys on Monday.






But I’m going to come around to the tables.  Are Sunny and Bo here?



2:02 P.M. EDT













136 Years of Fun



On Monday, April 21st, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun.  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In addition to all of the fun, the day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. You can follow the Easter Egg Roll on Twitter with the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and watch the event live on



Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest

The White House invited all elementary and middle school students to submit poster designs that highlight the theme of the 2014 Easter Egg Roll, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and promote the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program. Check back to see the winning designs.




White House Announces 2014 Easter Egg Roll Program and Talent Line-up


The White House announces the program, activities, and talent line-up for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 136th year and the largest annual public event at the White House.



The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 21, on the South Lawn of the White House and in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.



To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by checking out Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

Talent Line-up



This year’s special guest is 12-year-old singing sensation, Cam Anthony. Anthony will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.



DJ Beauty & the Beatz, Ariana Grande, Candice Glover, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, DJ Young1, and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster, will perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.  The Official Emcee of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly, who will introduce acts on the Ellipse music stage. The United States Marine Corps Band will perform American classics.



Readers on the Storytime Stage will be Jim Carrey, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, DJ Lance Rock, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster.



Chefs Maneet Chauhan, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Sam Kass, Marc Murphy, Charles Phan, Super Sprowtz, and the Disney Channel cast of JESSIE will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.



In the Eggtivity Zone, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Cornell McClellan, Donna Richardson Joyner, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Michelle Kwan, Anthony Robles, and Shellie Pfohl will represent the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as players and coaches from professional sports teams teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit.



Athletes participating in the Eggtivity Zone include:


Katrina Adams (US Tennis Association)
Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts)
Davy Arnuad (D.C. United)
Brian Baker (US Tennis Association)
Kelly Berger (US Lacrosse)
Bonnie Bernstein (Sports Journalist)
Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Stephen Bowen (Washington Redskins)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers)
Julie Chu (US Olympic Ice Hockey)
Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins)
Monique Currie (Washington Mystics)
Martin Conlon (NBA)
Adrian Dantley (NBA)
Derrick Dockery (NFL)
Fabian Espondola (D.C. United)
Dwight Freeney (San Diego Chargers)
Maria Cruz Garcia (US Olympic Fencer)
Pierre Garçon (Washington Redskins)
Gio Gonzales (Washington Nationals)
Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
Richard Hamilton (NBA)
Allyson Hamlin (D.C. United)
Jamie Hampton (US Tennis Association)
Tony Hawk (Professional Skateboarder)
Daryl Homer (US Olympic Fencer)
Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins)
Bradley Klahn (US Tennis Association)
Matt Lawrence (NFL)
Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics)
Nancy Lieberman (WNBA)
Nastia Liukin (US Olympic Gymnast)
Felipe (Luis) López  (NBA)
Le’Ron McClain (NFL)
Grace Min (US Tennis Association)
Tim Morehouse (US Olympic Fencer)
Dikembe Mutombo (NBA)
Lewis Neal (D.C. United)
Bill Olsen (D.C. United)
Mzingha Elaine Prescod (US Olympic Fencer)
Melanie Oudin (US Tennis Assocation)
Jeff Parke (D.C. United)
Sam Querrey (US Tennis Association)
Paul Rabil (Lacrosse)
Sanya Richards-Ross (US Olympic Track and Field)
Ruth Riley (WNBA)
Sysannah Scalon (US Olympic Fencer)
Adrian Smith (NFL)
Briana Scurry (US Soccer)
Eric Thibault (Washington Mystics)
Etan Thomas (NBA)
Charles Tillman (Chicago Bears)
Ashley Wagner (US Olympic Figure Skater)
Lardarius Webb (Baltimore Ravens)
Buck Williams (NBA)
Donna Wilkinson (D.C. Divas)
USA Field Hockey



The Hop To It Stage will offer a variety of interactive dance and other physical fun including Baby Loves Disco, Hip Hop Public Health, KidTribe, and the Ohmies.



The Ellipse will have an entertainment stage and guests can enjoy musical acts, activities, and a real NASCAR racecar as they prepare to enter the South Lawn. Tommy McFly will be on the Ellipse spinning music and getting guests excited about the event.



This year’s costume characters include:

Abby Cadabby — AbraKidabra! — Angry Birds — Arthur — Belt from The Croods — Big Green Rabbit — Cabbage Patch Kids Amy Sue and Brian Josh  — Caillou and Gilbert — Captain Barnacles Bear and Kwazii Kitten from The Octonauts — Charlie Brown — Charlie and Checkers — Clicky  — Curious George — Daniel Tiger — Doc McStuffins — Doki and Anabella from Discovery Familia — Domino the Great — Dora the Explorer — Dynamike

Emmet and WyldStyle from the LEGO Movie — Fairy Twinkletoes — Franklin the Turtle — Geo and Milli from Team Umizoomi — Hatching Chick — Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates — Little Nutbrown Hare — Maisy — Mama, Papa, and Junior Bunnies — Mario and Luigi — Maya & Miguel — Miffy — Minion Tim and Minion Jerry from Despicable Me — Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist — Mozzie the Mosquito — Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head — Olive the Ostrich — Peg + Cat — Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail — Power Panther — Power Rangers –

Princess Presto – Screech – Slapshot — Smokey Bear — Snoopy — Sofia the First — Spider-Man -SpongeBob SquarePants — Squiggz from the Bug Rangers — Super WHY! — Talking Tom and Talking Ben — The Cat in the Hat — The Racing Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Thomas Jefferson — Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc — Toothless the Dragon from How to Train Your Dragon 2 — Topspin and Slice — Twig Wompkee — Witzy the Duck — Woodsy Owl

Full List of Events

With the “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” theme, all of the activities on the South Lawn promote healthy and active living.  The activities include obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, playing sports with professional athletes, and of course, the traditional egg roll.  The full list of events is below:

Egg Roll Classics
An Egg Hunt & the traditional Egg Roll

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage
Live musical performances for all ages

Storytime Stage 
Listen as celebrities bring books to life

Hop To It!
An instructional dance party on the South Lawn!  Get up to dance and more

Eggtivity Zone Obstacle Course
An ultimate all-in-one obstacle course! Climb, jump, and run your way through a variety of sports drills

Basketball and Tennis
Get hands-on training from basketball and tennis pros on the President’s court

Yoga Garden
Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors

Eggspress Yourself
Hatch your inner artist with arts and crafts fun! Egg dying, egg decorating, and more

Play with your Food 
An entertaining activity center filled with opportunities to learn about healthy eating

Eggsperiment Zone
Interactive, educational activities designed to spark scientific curiosity and creativity



Additional Information about the 2014 Easter Egg Roll


For the sixth year in a row, members of the public had the opportunity to enter an online lottery for a chance to win tickets to the event and more than 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets to the event.


This year’s event will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 6:45 PM EDT.






Happy Passover

Happy Passover


Statement from the President on Passover


Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.



On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder.  We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy.



Yet even as we celebrate, our prayers will be with the people of Overland Park, Kansas and the family and friends of the three innocent people who were killed when a gunman, just one day before Passover, opened fire at a Jewish community center and retirement home on Sunday.  As Americans, we will continue to stand united against this kind of terrible violence, which has no place in our society.  We will continue to come together across faiths to combat the ignorance and intolerance, including anti-Semitism, that can lead to hatred and violence.  And we will never lose faith that compassion and justice will ultimately triumph over hate and fear.



For that is one of the great lessons of the Exodus.  The tale of the Hebrew slaves and their flight from Egypt carries the hope and promise that the Jewish people have held in their hearts for thousands of years, and it is has inspired countless generations in their own struggles for freedom around the globe.



In America, the Passover story has always had special meaning.  We come from different places and diverse backgrounds, but we are bound together by a journey from bondage to liberty enshrined in our founding documents and continued in each generation.  As we were so painfully reminded on Sunday, our world is still in need of repair, but the story of the Exodus teaches us that with patience, determination, and abundant faith, a brighter future is possible.

Chag Sameach.



President Obama Speaks at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast


Published on Apr 14, 2014

Christian leaders from across the country join President Obama at a breakfast to pray and reflect on Holy Week and Easter. President Obama said that his prayers are also with the people over Overland Park, Kansas, where a gunman opened fire on a Jewish community center and retirement home on Sunday. April 14, 2014.







4/14/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on Apr 14, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.






Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France

President Obama spoke with French President Hollande today about the worsening situation in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists, seemingly with support and coordination from Moscow, have intensified their campaign to undermine and destabilize the Ukrainian government.  The leaders underscored that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues this behavior.  President Obama noted that the government of Ukraine has acted with great restraint and praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25 and pursuing an inclusive constitutional reform process.  The two leaders also discussed ongoing cooperation in our bilateral relationship.





Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay

President Obama will host President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay at the White House on Monday, May 12.  The visit will highlight the close partnership we enjoy with Uruguay and our strong support for the Mujica Administration’s leadership on human rights, social inclusion, and global peace and security.  President Obama looks forward to discussing ways to grow our bilateral economic ties and improve market access for each other’s goods and services; expand our collaboration on science, technology, and health; increase educational exchanges; and consult on multilateral issues including peacekeeping.







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It’s All About Joseph Robinette “Joey B” Biden, Jr.


By Jueseppi B.



Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President will travel to the Federative Republic of Brazil in June to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend a game of the U.S. national team.


Additional details about the Vice President’s trip will be released at a later date.




Vice President Biden Speaks at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour


Published on Apr 14, 2014

Vice President Biden welcomes the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour to the State Department. April 14, 2014.





Biden, Kerry Greet World Cup Trophy in First Tour Stop




Vice President Joe Biden plans to head to Brazil this summer to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup and cheer the U.S. national team at on of its games.

Brazil expects 600,000 foreign visitors and 3 million Brazilian tourists during the monthlong tournament, according to The Associated Press.

The trophy to be awarded the winner of this year’s World Cup soccer (fútbol) tournament made a stop Monday in Washington, D.C. at the State Department where Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were on hand to welcome it and make a few remarks.

The stop was the first of the Trophy Tour preceding the tournament that begins June 12. Before the presentation, athletes from youth soccer organizations batted around a soccer ball with Kerry and DC United players.

At the ceremony, Kerry expressed excitement at the possibility of a match between the United States and Brazil, adding, “to do that the United States has to get through Germany, Portugal and Ghana.” Those opponents have been called one of the “Groups of Death” in the tournament and U.S. faces a serious challenge in emerging the winner.

Biden said he played the other football, but his grandchildren play soccer. “One of the great advantages of being vice president, I’m able to take _ if I’m not going to a war zone _ one of my grandchildren with me … And the only thing all my girls said is they want to go to the World Cup,” Biden said.

Whether Brazil will be ready for the event is a worry. Three stadiums still are under construction and the country expects street protests, according to the AP.

Thank you SUZANNE GAMBOA & NBC News.



Statement by Vice President Biden on the Passing of Nuala Pell

Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Nuala Pell. She and her husband, Senator Clairborne Pell, were among our closest friends. They embraced me in my earliest days in the Senate, after I had lost my wife and daughter. I spent many memorable evenings in their company, and through all the years we served together, I always knew I had a welcome home in Washington with the Pells.


I also remember the love and partnership that marked their marriage. Senator Pell used to keep a pillow in his office embroidered with the words, “Happiness is being married to your best friend.” Nuala and Claiborne worked side by side on every issue, whether it was on behalf of the elderly, or women’s health care, or the arts and humanities, or access to education. After Claiborne passed, Nuala continued her lifetime of service, creating the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service to give future leaders the skills to enter public service. Her lifetime of service will live on through the next generation of leaders she helped grow, and in the hearts of her many friends.








Biden And Kerry Deliver Remarks At FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Ceremony





Biden And Kerry Deliver Remarks At FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Ceremony

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Harvard Accepts Record Percentage of Black Students to Class of 2018

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475924741.jpg.CROP.rtstory-large College admissions letters are out, and for the Class of 2018, Harvard University has accepted a record-high percentage of black students.

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, of Harvard’s total acceptances for the Class of 2018, 11.9 percent are black, the highest ever for the university. The journal estimates that nearly 170 black students will enter Harvard this fall. Overall, Harvard accepted only 2,023 students from a pool of 34,295 applicants.

Harvard is not alone in its overall low acceptance rate. Other top-tier institutions accepted between 5 and 10 percent of the students who applied.

Williams College, the No. 1 liberal arts college in the country, also accepted a high percentage of black students. This year, the college has offered admission to 165 black students. Black students account for 14.3 percent of all Williams College’s acceptances this year. Half of the admitted students at Williams…

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Jarred Minced Garlic – Homemade!

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Constantly chopping garlic is something that can lead to a smelly, sticky kitchen and fingers. In order to cut (no pun intended) my time down in the kitchen, I have found that making my own minced garlic is a BIG time-saver for meal prep – whether it’s for seasoning meat, veggies, or making dressing. I simply mince a whole head of garlic (or more), sprinkle with a bit of salt (to act as a preservative), place it in a mason jar, and pour in olive oil until just covered. Store it in your fridge and pull out when needed. Better than the store-bought jars and better than making a mess every time you need some garlic!

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Pharrell & Ellen Surprise Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Students with $50K

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

041014-11133-detroitachievementacademy-750x435 Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences ( DAAS ) students have a lot to be happy about today. In addition to dazzling web viewers with their  now-viral rendition of Pharrell’s hit single , the kids got a huge gift from Ellen Degeneres today: $50,000!

According to DAAS CEO Maurice G. Morton, 80 percent of the schools’ students live at or below the poverty line, and 98 percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunch. While many schools have shuttered their arts programs, DAAS uses music and art to ensure their students stay engaged and motivated to learn.

Like many inner-city schools, DAAS is strapped for cash. The school has been attempting to raise money to help the choir get to Disneyworld for a performance, but Ellen intervened, giving DAAS a $50,000 check courtesy of Shutterfly.

After hearing the news, DAAS students were, well, extremely happy. They even performed…

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