First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama: The White House’s Annual “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Vice President Joey B. Throw Back Thursday, taking his daughter to work day, way back when…

 

Those who grew up in the 1990’s may always think of today as a day when many girls missed school to go to work with mom or dad, but this morning, girls and boys across the country headed off to work with parents, relatives, friends, or community volunteers as part of what is now known as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

 

Originally launched 21 years ago by the Ms. Foundation, the event was initially planned for  New York, but an article in Parade magazine prompted such an outpouring of interest that the decision was made to extend the program nationwide. It has taken place on the fourth Thursday in April ever since.

The First Lady Hosts Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the White House

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with children of Executive Office employees at the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and takes questions from the audience. April 24, 2014.

 

 

Six years ago the program was revamped and reemerged in its current, gender-inclusive incarnation.

 

“We wanted girls to be able to see the professions open to them, and to have role models,” says George McKecuen, a representative of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, which now facilitates the annual event. “Girls could share their feelings about the workforce and what they saw during the day. The problem that occurred was that many parents said, ‘Our boys could benefit from a program like this also.’”

 

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The First Lady, Michelle Obama, received something rather unique from a girl during the White House’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and it was a wonderful favor to her father.

 

Heartbreaking: Girl gives Michelle Obama her unemployed father’s résumé

 

Little Girl Confronts Michelle Obama — Hands Her Resume From Unemployed Dad
10-Year-Old Girl Whose Dad is Out of Work Approaches Michelle Obama With His Résumé
10-year-old Charlotte Bell was a guest at a White House Q&A with Michelle Obama today. When it was her turn to talk she said her father had been out of work for three years and brought the First Lady his résumé.
A young girl offered US First Lady Michelle Obama her father’s CV during questions at the White House’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

 

Charlotte Bell, 10, told Mrs Obama her dad had been out of work for several years.

 
Mrs Obama told the other children the girl was “doing something for her dad”.

 

When the event – attended by children of employees of the Obama administration – ended, she hugged the 10-year-old and took the CV.

 

Charlotte’s mother, an administration employee who did not want to be identified, told the Associated Press news agency her husband had worked for the Obama campaign in 2012. He had been looking for a policy job since then.

 

Charlotte’s family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady, but her parents didn’t know she would give it a try, her mother said.

 

 

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Graduating high school seniors and their parents in Topeka, Kansas didn’t want The First Lady to soak up all the attention – and force limited seating – at their upcoming graduation ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama agreed to speak to them the day before at a separate event. If you ask me, and you did not, these people should be honored that a sitting First Lady would be interested in visiting their graduating class.

 

From The Associated Press:

 

New date for first lady’s Kansas graduation speech

 

By JOHN MILBURN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE The Associated Press.

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends.

She had accepted the Topeka public school district’s invitation to speak May 17 at the combined ceremony to mark that day’s 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka.

But a furor over what the district considered an honor erupted after plans for Mrs. Obama’s address were announced.

Under a new plan worked out by the district, the first lady will speak on May 16 at a “senior recognition day” ceremony at the same 8,000-seat arena where the combined ceremony was to be held. The combined ceremony is being scrapped, and the five schools will hold separate graduation exercises instead.

The compromise, announced while President Barack Obama was traveling in Asia, pleased Topeka students and parents who were concerned about being limited to six tickets for family members and the first lady’s remarks taking away from the occasion.

“That’s awesome. I’m ecstatic,” said Tina Hernandez, mother of Topeka High senior Dauby Knight. “It works out for everybody. That makes me more excited for her to come.”

The school district said each student will get one ticket and up to six for family members for the first lady’s speech, the same allotment originally planned for the combined graduation ceremony. And now that Mrs. Obama will no longer speak at a graduation, seating won’t need to be limited due to concerns over her security during graduation events.

School board president Janel Johnson said the district was pleased with the community support and hopes Mrs. Obama’s visit makes for a memorable weekend. The first lady’s communications director, Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera, added that Mrs. Obama wants everyone to have the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony.

“Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day,” the spokeswoman said Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Gifford had launched an online petition urging the school district to reconsider its plans. Gifford and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Mrs. Obama’s visit would limit guest seating.

Abbey Rubottom, 18, said the change of plans would work best for graduates and their families, as well as other community members who are interested in what Mrs. Obama would have the say about the anniversary of the Brown decision.

“We are affected, but to close it off from people who deserve to go there doesn’t make sense,” Rubottom said. “The fact that she would do that is so amazing.”

Hernandez said she was glad the first lady realized the stir her planned visit was causing for the graduates and their families, and that she was willing to modify her plans.

“She’s a mom. She understands,” Hernandez said.

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

I could never be a politician. You can guess what my response would have been to this dumbfuckery.

 

 

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5 Responses

  1. Yeh, I get it though. Graduation really should be about the achievements of the graduating students.
    If The First Lady were giving a graduation speech instead of a combined ceremony to mark that day’s 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation it would have been different.
    Both of these events deserve celebration.
    What I feel is that both the celebration of that anniversary and the graduation of these students deserve their own celebration in order to give the appropriate gravity and significance to both and as I am sure is the concern of these parents; to make the kids feel special for all their hard work. (Though I can’t imagine anything more special than a visit by The First Lady).
    It is a tough one but I am happy that these kids didn’t have to make a choice. Whatever the circumstances; an address from The First Lady is bound to be a once in a life-time experience and an honor.

    Am I arguing with myself? No I get it. Both ways; I get it.

    A proud or vain woman would take offence and refuse to speak there at all but that isn’t our First Lady. Our First lady is a lady of graciousness and kindness who empathizes with people and is willing to defer to the needs of others; to children; to Americans; to us; in order to make us feel special and feel that she is truly one of us.
    I like it. The whole damn situation. I think it’s a great lesson for these kids and for all Americans.

  2. She is a phenomenal woman. Without any question, she is the best First Lady we have had in my lifetime. I sat and watched the entire Q&A with the kids.

    As to the change in plans, she is gracious. You and I, I suspect we might react similarly.

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