Op-Ed By First Lady Michelle Obama And Dr. Jill Biden In MilitaryTimes.com


 

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Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in MilitaryTimes.com

Today as part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will announce commitments and a pledge made by philanthropies nationwide to support veterans and military families.  At the event, taking place at the American Red Cross and hosted by the Council on Foundations and the White Oak Steering Committee, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will be joined by organizations supporting military and veteran families and foundations from across the country.

The following op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared this morning on MilitaryTimes.com:

First Lady and Dr. Biden at launch of Philanthropy — Joining Forces Impact Pledge

 

Published on May 1, 2014

As part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Biden spoke at the American Red Cross Hall of Service in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the White Oak Steering Committee, the event signaled the launch of Philanthropy — Joining Forces Impact Pledge, which brought together the philanthropic community to make commitments that will support veterans, service members, survivors, and military families.

 

We’ve all seen those wonderful surprise videos from when one of our troops comes home from a long deployment — the father bear-hugging his family at mid-court at a basketball game or the little boy with tears in his eyes sprinting into his mother’s arms at the front of his classroom.These scenes make us feel good. They tug at our heartstrings and often move us to tears. And they remind us of the sacrifices our military families are making for our country every single day.

And for most of us, it’s easy to assume that surprise homecoming — that feel-good moment — is the happy ending to the story. But in so many ways, for so many of our troops, veterans and their families, it’s really just the beginning.

After the cameras are turned off, will that father find a job once he leaves the service — a job that allows him to support his family? Will he have the support he needs to deal with any mental or physical challenges that he may face? And what about the families — will that spouse finally be able to pursue his or her own career when the family is transferred across the country again? How are the kids going to adjust to yet another new home, another new school, and another new set of friends?

These questions come at a pivotal moment for our military families — and for our country. By the end of this year, after 13 long years, our war in Afghanistan will finally be over. More and more of our newest veterans — the 9/11 generation — will be hanging up their uniforms and transitioning to civilian life.

So in the years ahead, that will mean fewer news stories and homecoming videos about our military families. And without these celebrations and reminders, it would be easy for us to forget the burden they’ve shouldered after more than a decade of war.

We can’t allow that to happen. We’ve got to show these families we’re there for them — now and long after they come home. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that the Council on Foundations is bringing together benefactors from all across the country to create a stronger, national funding structure for efforts that support our military families.

It’s called the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, and it will allow these groups to share best practices, create new resources and recruit even more donors to support our military families in the years ahead.

Many of these philanthropies have been supporting these causes for years. To date, they have already committed $62 million to military families by 2019. And now, they’re announcing that they are going to more than double that existing commitment — they’re pledging $102 million in new funding for our military families over the next five years.

This is a huge step on behalf of our military families. And it’s exactly the kind of support the two of us were hoping for when we started Joining Forces three years ago. Our goal was to rally all Americans to honor and support our troops, veterans and military families. And throughout April, we’ve been celebrating our third anniversary with a series of events to mark the overwhelming outpouring of support we’ve seen from across the country.

American businesses have hired and trained more than half a million veterans and military spouses. Associations of medical schools, social workers, and nurses are training their providers to better diagnose and treat issues like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. People from all across the country have volunteered more than 22 million hours in their communities to honor our military families. And so many more organizations, foundations, and citizens have stepped up in ways large and small.

We’ve come a long way in just three years. But this anniversary isn’t just a celebration; it’s a call to action. Because it’s going totake all of us to truly create a permanent network of love and support for our military families. It’s going to take more nonprofit organizations doing the work on the ground. It’s going to take more philanthropies supporting their efforts. It’s going to take government and business and all of us as neighbors and co-workers reaching out to the military families who live in our communities.

So as more and more of our troops come home and have those incredible, emotional homecomings with their loved ones, we’ve got to turn the honor and respect we feel for these families into real, concrete action that they can feel in their daily lives. And if we do that, then together, we can serve these heroes as well as they’ve served this country.

Michelle Obama is the first lady of the United States. Dr. Jill Biden is the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

The First Lady And Second Lady Honor Military Families

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Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden at Joining Forces Impact Pledge Announcement

 

 

Philanthropic Organizations Pledging More than $100 Million to Veteran and Military Communities

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr. Jill Biden and introducer Chrissandra Jackson, delivers remarks during a Joining Forces event at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014. As part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, they announced commitments and a pledge made by philanthropies nationwide to support veterans and military families. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr. Jill Biden and introducer Chrissandra Jackson, delivers remarks during a Joining Forces event at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014. As part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, they announced commitments and a pledge made by philanthropies nationwide to support veterans and military families. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

Today, as part of the third anniversary of Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that the Council on Foundations will lead the philanthropic community in establishing the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, which will be an enduring forum for donors to communicate and share best practices about supporting the veteran and military communities.

 

“We’ve got to show our veterans and military families that our country is there for them not just while they’re in uniform, but for the long haul,” said the First Lady.

 

The First Lady announced that the philanthropic community is pledging more than $100 million over the next five years to support veterans and military families. These commitments will fund organizations that support service members, veterans, survivors, and their families. The First Lady also called upon more donors to join this effort in order to fully support all those nonprofits and community groups that do such wonderful work for the military and veteran communities every day.

 

The announcement signaled the launch of the Philanthropy — Joining Forces Impact Pledge, a new commitment to bring support to service members, veterans, and military family causes over five years.

 

“To all the military families here today and across the country, I just want you to know that this is just a first step,” added the First Lady. “We’re going to get more donors involved in this effort. We’re going to keep reaching out to people all across the country so that no matter where you live or work, you will be surrounded by a country that truly honors your service and your sacrifice, now and in the years and decades ahead. That is our pledge to you.”

 

On behalf of the First Lady and Dr. Biden, I would like to say thank you to all of the philanthropic and nonprofit leaders who have come together to make this huge step toward creating an enduring community that will support our veterans and military families in the years and decades ahead. Our veterans and military families have sacrificed so much in their service to us, and this is a concrete way that our nation can continue to serve them, long after they served us.

 

 

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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Visiting The Great Wall Of China. Photos & Video.


 

By Jueseppi B.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha visit the Great Wall of China. March 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha visit the Great Wall of China. March 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

 

 

A gift presented to the First Lady at the Great Wall.

A gift presented to the First Lady at the Great Wall.

The First Lady and her daughters look out at the Great Wall of China. http://wh.gov/lpKi6  #FLOTUSinChina

The First Lady and her daughters look out at the Great Wall of China. http://wh.gov/lpKi6 #FLOTUSinChina

 

Raw: First Lady, Daughters Visit Great Wall

 

Published on Mar 23, 2014

United States First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, visited a section of the Great Wall outside of Beijing on Sunday. (March 23)

 

 

 

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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Visiting The Great Wall Of China

 

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Michelle Obama

March 23, 2014
07:38 AM EDT

 

Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady’s posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip.

 

Today we drove about an hour north of Beijing to a village called Mutianyu to visit a section of the Great Wall of China, which was simply breathtaking. The scenery on the way there was beautiful – a wide vista of mountains and trees – so the car ride alone was a treat.  But then, running along the highest ridges of the mountains, you see it: The Great Wall – one of the great marvels of human history.

 

In its entirety, the Great Wall stretches from east to west across more than 13,000 miles of Chinese countryside (that’s about four times the length of the entire United States from Maine to Oregon!).  It is not a single, uninterrupted wall, but rather a series of smaller walls which sometimes overlap and run parallel to each other.

 

Certain sections of the Wall date back as far as the seventh century B.C., but the majority of the Great Wall we know today – including the section at Mutianyu – was built between the 1300s and the 1600s.

 

To get to the Wall, we rode a cable car up a mountain (and we later rode back down on a long slide!).  The section we visited is one of the more popular parts of the Wall for tourists, and it’s easy to see why.  At Mutianyu, the Wall is roughly 20 to 25 feet tall and full of stairs, and there’s a watchtower every 100 yards or so. Those watchtowers serve as a reminder of why the Wall was built in the first place – to defend against attacks from armies descending from the north. Throughout its history, the Great Wall has gone through decades, even centuries, of ruin and disrepair.  But it has always served as not only a physical barrier, but a psychological one to intimidate potential invaders.

 

During our visit to the Wall, I couldn’t stop thinking about what a massive undertaking it must have been to build it. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and peasants were given the dangerous, painstaking – and often fatal – task of carrying ton after ton of granite, brick, dirt, and wood through the forests, up over the hills, and down through the valleys to create this incredible structure. They did this year after year, decade after decade – and it’s because of their hard work and sacrifice that the Great Wall remains standing today.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama takes a toboggan ride after visiting the Great Wall of ChinaFirst Lady Michelle Obama takes a toboggan ride after visiting the Great Wall of China with Malia and Sasha. March 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

 

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The First Lady on the Importance of Studying Abroad

 

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The First Lady speaks to American and Chinese students at the Stanford Center at Peking University on the importance of studying abroad.

 

 

 

Follow the First Lady’s first visit to China as she highlights the #PowerOfEducationhttp://sfy.co/qRVK  #FLOTUSinChina

 

On Board: Travels with the First Lady in China, Day One. Hear from the First Lady Michelle Obama as she recaps day one of her trip to China and previews her upcoming address on study abroad and connecting students across continents.

On Board: Travels with the First Lady in China. Hear from the First Lady Michelle Obama as she recaps
her trip to China and previews her upcoming address on study abroad and connecting students across continents.

 

 

Fun On The Great Wall Of China…..

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts education roundtable in China

 

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Remarks by the First Lady and Ambassador Baucus Before Roundtable with Chinese Educators, Parents and Students

 

Remarks by the First Lady and Ambassador Baucus Before Roundtable with Chinese Educators, Parents and Students

 

American Embassy Beijing, China

 

10:09 A.M. CST

 

AMBASSADOR BAUCUS:  Zăoshàng hăo.  We’re very honored that all of you are here.  And it’s most appropriate that we’re — talked about education — and, more specifically, how we can help each other get that — of educating each other, helping each other and learning from each other’s country, and how we can work better together.

 

I’m going to be very brief.  I just wanted to tell you how excited I am that Michelle Obama is here; second, the subject is just — it’s education.  It’s kids, because the kids are our future.

 

I believe that all of us have a moral obligation who are on this place — on this planet — we’re not here very long.  We leave it, and we leave it in as good a shape or better shape than we found it.  That means our children and our grandchildren — leave it in as good a shape, a better shape than we found it for our kids and for our grandkids.  And education is a key way to help accomplish that objective.

 

So I just wanted to tell you how happy we are that we’re here together.  And thank you, Mrs. Obama, for being here.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Oh, thank you.  Thank you, Ambassador Baucus.  I’m not going to talk long either.

 

I have had a wonderful first few days here in Beijing.  And, as the Ambassador said, one of the reasons I have come to China is to learn more about education around the world.  Education is an important focus for me.  It’s personal, because I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents investing and pushing me to get a good education.

 

And my parents were not educated themselves, but one of the things they understood was that my brother and I needed that foundation.  So the President and I have made education a key focus of our work over the coming years because we want to make sure that as many young people in the United States and around the world, quite frankly, have access to education.

 

So I’ve had a chance to visit a high school with Madame Peng here in Beijing and talked to some of the high school students there.  Yesterday, I had an amazing conversation with a group of students at Peking University yesterday, along with students at Stanford because through the Internet, we were able to have a joint conversation.  In a couple of days, I’m going to travel to Chengdu, and I’m going to be able to speak with more high school students there, really to see another region of the country and to speak to the students there, as well.  So I’m very excited.

 

But today, I am grateful to all of you, first of all, for taking the time on a Sunday — (laughter) — to be here with me, and for your willingness to share your stories and your experiences.  Because one of the things we say, it’s really by sharing our stories with each other that those bonds of connection really grow.

 

So I’m here to learn and to listen, although anything you want to ask me, of course, I’m more than willing to share.

 

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Remarks by the First Lady and Ambassador Baucus Before Roundtable with Chinese Educators, Parents and Students

 

Remarks by the First Lady in Video Conference with Students at Peking University and Stanford University in California

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Stanford Center at Peking University

 

Remarks by the First Lady Michelle Obama and President Xi Jinping of China

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Before Tour of Beijing Normal School

 

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama in Beijing, China.

 

The 1st Lady’s Orient Trip Day 2: The First Lady’s Travel Journal; Meeting With American & Chinese Students At Peking University.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Meets With Arlington Heights Students In China

 

First Lady in Video Conference With Students At Peking University And Stanford University In California.

 

 

And we must not forget Barack….

 

The Presidents Week Ahead: Presidential Trips To The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican And Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Encourages Collaborative Food Marketing Effort to Empower Parents


 

By Jueseppi B.

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" food marketing convening in the State Dining Room of the White House, Sept. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a “Let’s Move!” food marketing convening in the State Dining Room of the White House, Sept. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

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September 19, 2013
02:23 PM EDT

 

Ed. Note: This is adapted from the Let’s Move! blog. You can see the original post here

 

From the State Dining Room of the White House yesterday, the First Lady addressed a diverse cross section of leaders from food and media industry executives, advocates, parent leaders, government agency representatives and researchers about the power of marketing in influencing kids’ food choices and the need for leveraging this power toward healthier food options for our nation’s children. The goal of the convening was to begin a constructive, collaborative dialogue and strategize about ways to shift the marketing of unhealthy products to healthier products and decrease the marketing of unhealthy products to kids.

 

First lady Michelle Obama pausess during an event about food marketing to children in the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington. Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle Obama pausess during an event about food marketing to children in the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington. Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

When the average child is now spending nearly eight hours a day in front of some kind of screen, many of their opinions and preferences are being shaped by the marketing campaigns you all create. And that’s where the problem comes in.

 

And I’m here today with one simple request — and that is to do even more and move even faster to market responsibly to our kids.

 

Mrs. Obama praised companies such as Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables for their success in utilizing marketing to encourage healthier food choices in our kids. However, children are still being exposed to thousands of food ads each year for products loaded with sugar, fat, and salt.

 

I am not asking anyone to take the fun out of childhood.  As we all know, treats are one of the best parts of being a kid. Instead, the goal here is to empower parents instead of undermining them as they try to make healthier choices for their families.

 

This issue has truly taken on a life of its own because it is affecting just about every family and every community in this country. Parents are increasingly anxious as they see their kids developing diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure — conditions that would have been unthinkable to find in children just a generation ago. “I think that we can all agree that parents deserve more control over the products and messages their kids are exposed to,” said Mrs. Obama.

 

Following the First Lady’s remarks, attendees of the event participated in two separate breakout sessions to share ideas and discuss future steps to build and develop a marketing and food industry dedicated to healthier food choices for kids and their families.

 

So I hope that all of you will really engage.  I hope that you’ll really talk to each other, and learn from each other, and come up with new solutions that will make a real difference for our kids. We want to hear from everyone involved in this issue — from industry leaders to advocates to researchers and to parents — because we’re all in this together.

 

That’s why I wanted to bring all of you together today — because you guys know better than anyone how to get kids excited. You’ve done it before, and we need you to do it again. And fortunately you have everything it takes to get this done because through the magic of marketing and advertising, all of you, more than anyone else, have the power to shape our kids’ tastes and desires.

 

To watch the First Lady’s entire address, click here.

 

Join Mrs. Obama and get involved with Let’s Move! by visiting our website  signing up for our newsletters, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.

 

 

White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children

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A key focus of the Let’s Move! initiative is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for American families. Marketing and other sources of information can make it easier for families to make healthier choices, or act as a barrier to better choices. The White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children brings together a wide range of leaders working on this issue–from experts, advocates, and parents to food, beverage, media and entertainment companies to identify opportunities for action that ensure marketing supports the health of kids and families.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lets Slow It Waaaaay Down For A Friday Night


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Bobby Womack – If You Think You’re Lonely Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latimore / Let’s Straighten It Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

O’jays – Stairway to heaven

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enchantment – It’s you that I need

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isley Brothers – ( Who’s ) That Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Cole – Feelin’ Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Surprises White House Tour Visitors


By Jueseppi B.

I have no idea if this is normal or if this is a rarity but this morning, I watched MY First Lady Of The United States, Michelle LaVaughn Obama, welcome visitors who took the White House tour. She stood in her splendid black & white dress & red heels,  greeting surprised visitors….many who were in tears as they walked by to shake her hand. I was amazed.

I can’t tell you why I was so amazed, except that it was as if these visitors were passing a Goddess. I have never witnessed people say “I Love You” as much as I heard these men & women repeat that phrase. I had to control my emotions as these visitors of ALL races filed past this remarkable woman, many so excited to see her that they were at a lost for words.

This Lady is truly a woman of the people. If you could have witnessed her with the people as they walked by…you would know in your heart that Michelle LaVaughn Obama is capable of one day becoming President Of The United States. I was in a bad mood until I sat and watched this video feed straight from the White House. My mood lifted immediately.

I have watched FLOTUS Obama criticized by lesser humans for her clothes, her weight & shape, her character, her attitude, and her skin color to name a few. I have observed this First Family conduct themselves with the utmost dignity, grace, class, intelligence and sophistication as well as being loving, warm and down to earth. And through it all, this Family has remained First Class all the way.

This woman is amazing….and for me, a man who does not worship another human being, ever, This Woman is MY Heroine. I can NOT find enough positive adjectives to describe her and her attitude. I am 52 years old, and all the bull shit aside, I have NEVER witnessed a First Family more deserving of living in The White House than this First Family.

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This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we world as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s back.
We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction.”

~  President Barack Obama. ~

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