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The White House Pastry Chef, Bill Yosses, Is Resigning.


 

By Jueseppi B.

White House pastry chef Bill Yosses poses next to a marzipan and chocolate sculpture of the executive mansion in the State Dining Room as part of the White House Christmas decorations in Washington. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

White House pastry chef Bill Yosses poses next to a marzipan and chocolate sculpture of the executive mansion in the State Dining Room as part of the White House Christmas decorations in Washington. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

 

Obamafoodorama, the publication of record when it comes to the White House and food and food policy, has an in-depth article on Yosses and a picture spread of some of the pastry wonders he’s whipped up these past years.

 

Obamafoodorama editor and founder Eddie Gehman Kohan writes, “Yosses is the first kitchen principle to depart during the Obamas’ tenure.  The White House pastry shop is equal parts high-volume bakery–some 25,000 cookies were baked just for last year’s Christmas holiday season, Yosses said, with dough-making beginning in July–as well as ground zero for fine sugar art.  It is an exhausting if exhilarating place to work.”

 

 

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White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses Will Step Down From His Post In June

 

By EDDIE GEHMAN KOHAN, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE EDITOR

 

The First Lady with Yosses, right, at a Christmas event

The First Lady with Yosses, right, at a Christmas event

 

“Incredibly sad” but “grateful” First Lady praises Yosses’ “delectable” creations and salutes his work as an ambassador for the Let’s Move! campaign…

 

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be losing their top sweet-maker this June when Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses steps down from his post.   Mrs. Obama is “incredibly sad” about the departure, she said in a statement saluting the man who has led the White House pastry shop for seven years, and who has been an activist member of her Let’s Move! team.

 

Classically trained in France and the US, Yosses was one of America’s most acclaimed pastry chefs when he was appointed in 2007 by former First Lady Laura Bush.

 

Yosses’ skills are so admired by the pie-obsessed President–who prefers pie as his dessert for every holiday, including his birthdays–that Mr. Obama nicknamed Yosses “the Crustmaster” shortly after moving into the White House.  The presidential Thanksgiving annually ends with a pie fest, with last year’s menu featuring a whopping nine different kinds of pie, from pumpkin to huckleberry to chocolate cream.

 

Yosses planting curled mustard with one of the WH gardeners

Yosses planting curled mustard with one of the WH gardeners

 

But the talents of Yosses, 60, encompass a wide sweep beyond pie, and he has transformed his historic White House role thanks to working with Mrs. Obama on the Let’s Move! campaign.  Yosses has been a major force in the First Lady’s South Lawn Kitchen Garden, leading the weekly crew of volunteer weeders, taking school children on tours through the crop rows, and serving as an “assistant” bee keeper for the presidential hive.

 

Yosses has also taught healthy cooking to children during garden-side events and school visits, and he has lectured regularly on molecular gastronomy–food science–at Harvard University and at events in the US and abroad since Mr. Obama took office.

 

Yosses in the State Dining Room

Yosses in the State Dining Room

 

“Though I am incredibly sad to see Bill Yosses go, I am also so grateful to him for his outstanding work, not just as the White House pastry chef producing the most delectable creations for everything from birthday celebrations to state visits, but also as a key partner helping us get the White House Kitchen Garden off the ground and building a healthier future for our next generation,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement.

 

Yosses is leaving the White House in part to pursue his interest in food science and teaching nutrition, he told The New York Times in an interview published on Tuesday, though he revealed no firm plans.  He will be moving to New York, and envisions creating a project that will include “a group and foundation of like-minded creative people” for promoting healthy food as delicious food, Yosses said.

 

“It’s a bittersweet decision,” Yosses said, noting that it is also being driven by personal concerns.

 

A native of Ohio, Yosses is openly gay, and in April of 2011 married his longtime partner Charlie Jandusay Fabella, Jr., a special education teacher, shortly after same-sex marriage became legal in the District.  They have never lived in the same city, Yosses said, citing this as another reason he is leaving the White House.

 

“For the 11 years my husband and I have known each other, we have lived in different cities,” Yosses said.

 

“I wish Bill and his husband Charlie all the best their future endeavors,” Mrs. Obama said.

 

In the White House Kitchen with Mrs. Obama

In the White House Kitchen with Mrs. Obama

 

Yosses is the first kitchen principle to depart during the Obamas’ tenure.  The White House pastry shop is equal parts high-volume bakery–some 25,000 cookies were baked just for last year’s Christmas holiday season, Yosses said, with dough-making beginning in July–as well as ground zero for fine sugar art.  It is an exhausting if exhilarating place to work.

 

Yosses will leave an indelible stamp:  Thanks to Mrs. Obama’s influence, he has transformed the practices of the pastry shop after arriving on the heels of the quarter-century-plus reign of Roland Mesnier, who had a decidedly butter-laden European aesthetic.

 

In keeping with Mrs. Obama’s mandate, Yosses has focused on using seasonal ingredients and items grown in the Kitchen Garden in his pastry, and has worked to offer desserts that are “healthier” without becoming “spa-like,” he has said.  He has swapped honey and agave as sweeteners instead of white sugar, and has experimented with various heirloom whole grain when he can.  But he still uses traditional ingredients.

 

“I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” Yosses told the Times, something he has said before.

 

Indeed, the crust for his White House Apple Pie recipe–just one of the President’s favorites–uses both butter and lard.  Check the site sidebar for all of Yosses’ White House recipes.

 

 

Yosses with the edible bowl of treats for the France State Dinner

Yosses with the edible bowl of treats for the France State Dinner

 

Yosses has overseen the desserts for seven State Dinners for the Obamas, and his elaborate sweets menu for last month’s State Dinner honoring President François Hollande of France is representative of the First Lady’s aesthetic for the most important diplomatic social event any President hosts.  Each State Dinner has spotlighted American food traditions, using ingredients from the Kitchen Garden and the outputs of smaller and family farmers.

 

Yosses’s main dessert, a Hawaiian Chocolate-Malted Ganache cake, combined bittersweet chocolate from Hawaii, tangerines grown in Florida, and was served à la mode with vanilla ice cream from Pennsylvania.  It was accompanied by a spun-sugar bowl of Petits Fours that were presented to each table during the dessert course.

 

These paid homage to American carnival foods, as well as more high-cuisine treats, and includedcotton candy dusted with orange zest, Vermont maple fudge, little chocolates, coconut macaroons, and short bread cookies made with lavender grown in Mrs. Obama’s garden.  There were also handmade spun sugar flowers–a red rose and a purple iris, the national flowers of America and France, nestled in each presentation bowl, which was itself made of edible sugar.

 

Yosses with Asst. Pastry Chef Susie Morrison & the '13 Gingerbread House

Yosses with Asst. Pastry Chef Susie Morrison & the ’13 Gingerbread House

 

Yosses leaves behind another legacy:  His incredible annual holiday Gingerbread White Houses were unlike any of the cookie mansions previously created during the years of the tradition, which began during the Nixon Administration.  The centerpiece of the holiday festivities, Yosses’ five very elaborate, architecturally accurate and stunning constructions for the Obamas were all masterpieces of food art, with the first three covered in white chocolate and the final two made of unique doughs that Yosses created for the purpose.

 

Based on the actual plans from White House architect James Hoban, each took weeks to make, and variously included marzipan replicas of the First Dogs as well as Mrs. Obama’s garden.

 

The 2013 Gingerbread White House was the biggest yet, thanks to sitting atop a life-size replica of President Roosevelt’s White House fireplace, which featured gingerbread bricks and and more than 1,200 Springerle cookies as decorative elements.  The flat, molded anise-flavored cookie is a holiday tradition among Pennsylvania German immigrants.  The fireplace also had sugar cookie replicas of the real tiles commissioned by Roosevelt.

 

Last year, Yosses was honored by the James Beard Foundation as a 2013 inductee to the ‘Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America’ list, which salutes culinary professionals for exemplary careers.  He is the author of two cookbooks.

 

Yosses' book, published in 2010

Yosses’ book, published in 2010

 

One of the books made history during his presidential tenure:  Yosses was the first White House chef to publish a non-White House cookbook while on staff when his critically acclaimed The Perfect Finish:  Special Desserts for Every Occasion was issued in 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company.  The extraordinary volume includes 50 of Yosses’ favorite recipes from his massive repertoire, as well as excellent tips on baking.

 

Yosses is also the co-author of Desserts for Dummies, published before he joined the White House.  His recipes are also included in Mrs. Obama’s 2012 garden memoir American Grown:  The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

 

Yosses and Morrison in the Kitchen Garden

Yosses and Morrison in the Kitchen Garden

 

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Yosses’ kitchen clogs will be tough to fill, and the White House has not yet named a replacement, according to an East Wing spokesman.  But a White House source told Obama Foodorama thatAssistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison is being considered for the post.

 

A 16-year veteran of the pastry shop, Morrison has been Yosses’ second-in-command, and is of course extraordinarily talented.  Yosses has been “grooming” Morrison to take over, said the source.

 

Promoting from within White House ranks is not necessarily a guarantee, but if Morrison is named sugar master, it would make her the first female Executive Pastry Chef in White House history.   

 

Executive Chef Cris Comerford was promoted to her post by Mrs. Bush after joining the White House staff in 1995 as a sous chef.  Comerford is the first woman in history and the first minority to be named Top Toque.

 

Yosses' Steamed Lemon Pudding, topped with spun sugar

Yosses’ Steamed Lemon Pudding, topped with spun sugar

 

Yosses’ Steamed Lemon Pudding, above, was served as the dessert for the State Dinner honoring Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.  It is just one example of his many desserts and the recipe is here.  Check the site sidebar for all Yosses’ White House recipes.

 

Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama except for kitchen photo; that was published in “American Grown.”

 

Thank you Ms. Eddie Gehman Kohan & Obamafoodorama

 

 

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2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Bill Yosses and Susan Morrison

 

Published on Apr 9, 2012

White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Assistant Pastry Chef Susan Morrison show kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

 

 

 

 

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Food Physics: Bill Yosses at TEDxManhattan

 

Published on Mar 9, 2013

Bill Yosses spent his early career in France at pastry meccas such as Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat, and LeNôtre. In New York, he continued at Bouley Restaurant. In 2005 he became pastry chef at The Dressing Room Restaurant, working with chef Michel Nischan and with the actor/philanthropist, Paul Newman. Bill helped develop “The Dinner Party Project” in New York City as a part of Spoons Across America’s programming in which chefs teach kids about healthy food choices and how to prepare a dinner party for their parents.

 

As Pastry Chef of the White House he has been closely involved with Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative with the goal of reducing childhood health problems related to diet. Working in the White House garden has been his most important inspiration to date.
In a related project, he recently helped develop a program in the Physics Department of Harvard University in conjunction with Chop Chop Magazine called Camp Chop Chop in which healthy foods and innovative exercise are used to introduce scientific concepts to 4th and 5th graders.

 

Bill has published two books, Desserts for Dummies 1997, and The Perfect Finish, Special Desserts for Every Occasion, 2010.

 

 

 

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POTUS & VPOTUS dash through 1600 Penn in “workout gear”….I LOVE these guys.

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The First Lady Welcomes “The Women of Soul” Student Workshop To The White House.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by the First Lady at Women of Soul Student Workshop

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MRS. OBAMA:  Isn’t this cool?  (Applause.)  Oh, my goodness!  I’m thrilled.  It’s exciting to have these fabulous ladies and this gentleman here.  But I want to welcome you guys to the White House.  (Applause.)  We are doing our latest installment of something we call the White House Music Series.  And we’re marking Women’s History Month by celebrating women with a whole lot of soul.

 

And I want to start by thanking the wonderfully talented women on stage with me.  You guys, I don’t even — you know who they are.  We’ve got Janelle Monáe, who is now my child.  (Applause.)  She might as — we might as well give her a room here because she’s here so much.  (Laughter.)  Melissa Etheridge, who is amazing.  (Applause.)  We’re thrilled to have her.  And my other mother, the phenomenal Patti LaBelle.  (Applause.)  And I also want to thank my dear friend Bob Santelli from the GRAMMY Museum who is always here hosting these events.  (Applause.)  We couldn’t do these workshops without Bob and his team so we are, once again, grateful that he’s making this part of the Music Series possible.

 

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And this part involves some of the most special guests who are here — you guys.  We have students from so many different parts of the country, this is really a diverse group — Hawaii, Oregon, California, Minnesota and Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, of course right here in D.C.  You guys are from everywhere.  (Applause.)

 

And just so that you know, we are in the State Dining Room.  And this is where we host presidents and kings and queens and ambassadors and world leaders, and a lot happens in this room.  And now we’re hosting you, and we’re so excited to have you here because this is really my favorite part of these Music Series.  Tonight, we have a great concert that’s going to happen with a lot of fancy people that will show up, but today, these artists take time out of their day to be with you guys.

 

And it is fitting that we have such a diverse group of students for this event because today we’re celebrating the kind of music that makes you move no matter who you are or where you come from; music that taps into feelings and experiences that we all share — love and heartbreak, pride and doubt, tragedy and triumph.  It is called soul music — can we say that?  Soul music.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts middle school, high school and college students from across the country for an interactive student workshop: “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.” March 6, 2014.

 

 

 

STUDENTS:  Soul music.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Soul music.  Sometimes it makes your hips move.  Sometimes it makes you rock your head.  (Laughter.)  Sometimes it helps you just kick back and relax and soak it in.  But no matter what form it comes in, you know this music always comes straight from the heart.  You know you’re listening to someone who’s found her own unique voice, and isn’t afraid to show it to the world.  And these women are perfect examples of just that.

 

For instance, Melissa says that when she first started writing songs, she wrote a few that helped her get through some struggles she was facing, songs that helped her get some things off of her chest.  But she didn’t think anyone wanted to hear these songs, so when she was up on stage she’d mostly play those fun, bouncy melodies that she had heard on the radio that sounded oh, so wonderful.

 

But then, after one of the shows — or many of the shows, folks started coming up and talking to her about those other songs, the ones she had written herself.  And she said this about those songs, she said, “The songs that people responded to, they were always the songs that were deeply personal to me.”  She said, “And I thought, ‘That must be the key –- if I can make my songs resonate with emotions and truthfulness.’”  That is Melissa.  She will tell you more about her world.

 

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Then there’s Miss Patti La Belle.  Her story, just short and sweet, before she’d won any Grammys or sold any records, Miss Patti LaBelle was the shyest little girl around.  It is hard to believe that.  (Laughter.)  She was afraid to even ask her teacher if she could use the bathroom.

 

MS. LABELLE:  That’s true.  (Laughter.)

 

MRS. OBAMA:  And she never dreamed of singing in front of people unless she was part of a full choir.  But once she mustered up enough courage to sing a solo in church and she got a standing ovation.  And as she says now — she says, “I still have a little bit of shyness.  I look back and say, thank God I got through it and took chances and sang my butt off.”  (Laughter.)

 

And then there’s Janelle Monáe.  When she was growing up, her mom was a janitor, her stepfather worked for the post office, and her father was a garbage collector.  When Janelle was first trying to make it in New York, she worked a side job as a maid to make ends meet.  When she moved to Atlanta, she worked at an office supply store.  And today, even though she’s a huge star, she’s never lost sight of where she came from.  Now, wherever she goes, she almost always wears a black and white jacket and pants.  And she calls this her “uniform,” and it’s a tribute to her mother and so many other folks who taught her the value of hard work, folks who wore a uniform to work every single day.  And she says now, “I didn’t have to change who I was.  I didn’t have to become perfect, because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is often the enemy of greatness.  Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others feel uncomfortable.”

 

So to all of you young people here, I want you to listen to those lessons — not just the ones I read, but the ones you’re going to hear from these women when they talk to you.  Embrace what makes you unique.  Take some risks.  Please, take some risks.  Find your own voice and be proud of it.  And then, sing your butt off.  (Laughter.)  Or work your butt off.  Or whatever you do, do it until your butt comes off.  (Laughter.)  Okay, that quote is going to be kind of funny in the papers.  I already know it.  My communications people are like, what?  (Laughter.)  But you guys all know what I meant — be good at what you do.

 

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And if you pair those lessons with a good education, if you challenge yourself in school, get that degree or professional training — but you’ve got to do more than just graduate from high school.  That’s not good enough anymore, so you’ve got to go beyond.  Then, you can become a great artist or an entrepreneur or a scientist or anything else that you want to be in this world.  But your education is key.  That’s the story of anyone who has ever been successful — whether it’s Barack or me, or your parents and teachers, or these three women up here today.  At one time or another, we all had to find our own voices and show the world what we have inside.

 

And I really want you all to take that to heart, because part of giving you these experiences is so that you understand how special you are.  And there are millions of young people like you all.  And because we get to highlight you here, we get to show the world and remind the world that our future lies with you all.  But we need you to be ready.  We need you to be focused.  We need you to take your education seriously.  And we need you to not be afraid to work hard.  You will fail.  We have all failed at something, and it’s been big, embarrassing failures.  But we all rise above it, and we expect that for you all.

 

So this is the first in many wonderful experiences I know you all will have, so take advantage of it.  We’re going to get rid of the press so that you feel comfortable.  Shake it off.  Make sure you ask questions.  Don’t be afraid.  This is your home.  This is your house, so treat it that way.  Take some risks now, stand up and use your voice and ask a question.  Don’t be shy.  And learn something.  Be open to take in whatever you can, and then use it to be the best that you can be.

 

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We are so excited to have you here.  I know you’re going to have a great time with these women.  They are excited.  As Patti LaBelle just said, she said, I am honored to be here with these students.

 

And that’s how we all feel.  We are honored to be in your presence.  Just keep doing what you do.  Be good.  Be great, all right?  So I’m going to leave you.  I’m going to go do some more work.  And well, look, look.  (Laughter.)  Okay, you’re in good hands, all right?

 

Thanks for coming to the White House.  You guys have fun.  (Applause.)

 

 

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In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul” for music legends and contemporary major female artists at the White House celebrating the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women.

 

The program will include performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.  The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

 

7:00 AM: The First Lady along with her Husband POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama host Hosts “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul”

 

 

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President Obama and the First Lady Host “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul”

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The White House Week That Was: The ALL Video/Photo Edition.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Investing in Technology and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

 

 

 

 

Weekly Address: Investing in Technology and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

 

 

Video Mensaje de la Casa Blanca – Aumentando la oportunidad para todos

March 01, 2014 | 3:36 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, William A. Ramos, Director de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Comercio discutió el compromiso del Presidente de la expansión de la oportunidad para todos los estadounidenses. Esta semana, Presidente inauguró dos nuevos centros de fabricación de alta tecnología: lugares en los que se llevará a cabo una colaboración entre las empresas y las universidades con el fin de transformar sus investigaciones innovadoras en productos reales Hechos en Estados Unidos. El Presidente también inauguró una nueva competencia para construir una infraestructura digna del siglo XXI en los Estados Unidos para crear buenos empleos en el sector de la construcción aquí en los Estado Unidos. En este año de acción, el Presidente hará todo en su poder para reconstruir una economía en la que aquellos que trabajan duro pueden salir adelante.

 

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: the White House Hosts a Film Festival, the President and Vice President Show Their Moves, and More

 

 

 

 

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President Obama delivered remarks at the first-ever White House Student film festival, praising the work of the students who created 16 official selection films, and emphasizing the importance of connecting our classrooms to high-speed Internet to expand opportunity for more students.

 

 

 

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The White House Hosts Its First-Ever Student Film Festival

 

President Barack Obama speaks with students in the State Dining Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama speaks with students in the State Dining Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

February 2014: Photo of the Day

 

 

 

President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The President Delivers a Statement on Ukraine

February 28, 2014 | 3:09 |Public Domain

 

The President delivered a statement about the events unfolding in Ukraine, and reaffirmed that the United States will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies and communicate directly with the Russian government.

 

 

 

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Obama Responds to Russia Heckler: “What the Heck Are You Talking About!?”

 

 

 

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President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper, His New Initiative to Help Young Men of Color

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

February 27, 2014 | 39:44 |Public Domain

 

President Obama launches a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama, next to White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, meets with foundation and business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, where he discussed his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to expand opportunity for minority boys and young men. Former Lakers basketball star Magic Johnson, far left partially obscured, also attended. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, next to White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, meets with foundation and business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, where he discussed his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to expand opportunity for minority boys and young men. Former Lakers basketball star Magic Johnson, far left partially obscured, also attended. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Bill O’Reilly Clashes with Valerie Jarrett over ‘Gangsta’ Culture

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

Bill O’Reilly faced off with White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett Thursday night over President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, and they tussled over the “gangsta” culture O’Reilly argued holds plenty of young people back and what the White House can do to help stem problems like teenage pregnancy and the collapse of the family unit. O’Reilly told Jarrett he doesn’t think the Obama administration sees the “urgency” of many of these problems,” and told her that “you’re going to have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers, to knock it off.”

 

 

 

“You Got Your Own Whistle Man!” or, West Wing Peek

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

The Vice President stopped by for the premiere episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers and he came bearing gifts.

 

 

 

Nicole’s Story

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

Nicole Anderson is a woman whose story led Senator Davis to pass a law last year to expand the use of rape kits by law enforcement. Nicole felt that Greg Abbott’s decision to partner with Ted Nugent, an admitted sexual predator who boasts about having sexual relations with underage girls, sends the wrong message to Texans.

 

 

 

Bill O’Reilly: There Has To Be A Downside To A Woman President

 

 

 

 

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More than 3.47 Million Records Released

 

 

Being Biden Vol. 13: It’s All About Possibilities

 

 

 

Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life

 

First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a “Let’s Move!” event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

The First Lady Announces Updates to Nutrition Fact Labels

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama discusses proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label. These updates would help provide parents and families with access to information that helps them make healthier choices. February 27, 2014.

 

 

 

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The First Lady Announces New School Wellness Standards

 

Published on Feb 25, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed guidelines for new school wellness policies, which would ensure that foods and beverages marketed to children in schools are consistent with the recently-released Smart Snacks in School standards. February 25, 2014.

 

 

 

The First Lady on the Fourth Anniversary of Let’s Move!

 

Published on Feb 25, 2014

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, speaks about the progress that has been made and announces new commitments on the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative.

 

 

 

Get Covered: A Special Message from the President

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama has a message for millions of Americans who now have access to new or improved affordable health insurance: Go to http://www.HealthCare.gov, and get covered right now.

 

 

 

The President and Vice President Speak to the National Governors Association

 

Published on Feb 24, 2014

President Obama says that “the time is right to partner with the states and governors all across the country” on increasing opportunity for all Americans. February 24, 2014.

 

 

 

Joe Biden on The View Over Obamacare Mess Problems – February 25, 2014

 

 

 

 

Let’s Move! “Focus Group” with Will Ferrell

 

Published on Feb 24, 2014

In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active.

 

 

 

 

The First Lady Speaks at a Screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”

 

Published on Feb 24, 2014

As part of African American History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a screening of “The Trip to Bountiful,” Lifetime Television’s film version of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” The film is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and highlights a courageous and moving story of liberation. February 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 27th Of February 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – February 27, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, building on his Year of Action, the President will meet with foundation and business leaders in the State Dining Room to discuss his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to expand opportunity for Americans.  There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

To unveil the initiative, the President will be joined in the East Room by a wide group of stakeholders who share our interest in helping put these boys and young men of color on the path to success, including faith leaders, state and local officials. This event is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: Announcement by the First Lady, The White House.

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President drops by a meeting of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, Capital Hilton.

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

2:30 PM: The President meets with foundation and business leaders, State Dining Room.

 

3:25 PM: The President delivers remarks on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, The East Room.

 

FACT SHEET: Opportunity for all: President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Build Ladders of Opportunity For Boys and Young Men of Color

 

 

4:35 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

7:15 PM: The Vice President attends an event for the Democratic National Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts.

 

 

 

White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

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February 27, 2014 12:15 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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President Obama Speaks on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with a worker as he and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tour the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with a worker as he and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tour the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

THE WHITE HOUSE AND FDA ANNOUNCE PROPOSED UPDATES TO NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

First Lady Michelle Obama and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label as part of an effort to help families make healthier choices 

 

Washington, DC – Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at the White House to announce proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, which has been significantly updated only once since its initial release twenty years ago.  The Nutrition Facts label is found on roughly 700,000 products.  The updates announced today support the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative in its ongoing efforts to provide parents and families with access to information that helps them make healthier choices.

 

“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “So this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across this country.”

 

The proposed updates are intended to reflect the latest scientific information about the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.  The proposed label would also replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with the amount consumers actually eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.

 

“For 20 years consumers have come to rely on the iconic nutrition label to help them make healthier food choices,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “To remain relevant, the FDA’s newly proposed Nutrition Facts label incorporates the latest in nutrition science as more has been learned about the connection between what we eat and the development of serious chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans.”

 

Some of the FDA’s proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label are:

 

  • Require information about the amount of “added sugars” in a food product. Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans determination that calorie intake from added sugar is too high in the U.S. population and should be reduced.  The FDA proposes to include “added sugars” on the label to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product.
  • Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat. What and how much people eat and drink has changed since the serving sizes were first put into place in 1994.  By law, serving sizes must be based on the portion consumers actually eat, rather than the amount they “should” be eating.
  • Present calorie and nutrition information for the whole package of certain food products that could be consumed in one sitting or in multiple sittings.
  • Refresh the format to emphasize certain elements, such as calories, serving sizes and Percent Daily Value, which are important in addressing current public health problems like obesity and heart disease.

 

 

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FACT SHEET: Opportunity for all: President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Build Ladders of Opportunity For Boys and Young Men of Color

 

“I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential.”

 

– President Barack Obama, January 28, 2014

 

“There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement.  And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?”

 

– President Barack Obama, July 19, 2013

 

 

President Obama is taking action to launch My Brother’s Keeper – a new initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to do the hard work to get ahead. For decades, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color.  But across the country, communities are adopting approaches to help put these boys and young men on the path to success. The President wants to build on that work. We can learn from communities that are partnering with local businesses and foundations to connect these boys and young men to mentoring, support networks, and skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way up into the middle class. And the Administration will do its part by helping to identify and promote programs that work.

 

That starts by using proven tools that expand opportunity at key moments in the lives of these young people.  The President believes this includes ensuring access to basic health, nutrition, and to high-quality early education to get these kids reading and ready for school at the youngest age.  But that’s not enough.  We need to partner with communities and police to reduce violence and make our classrooms and streets safer.  And we need to help these young men stay in school and find a good job– so they have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to their communities and build decent lives for themselves and their families.

 

New Presidential Task Force to Expand Opportunity. President Obama will sign a Presidential Memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency effort, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, that will help us determine what public and private efforts are working and how to expand upon them, how the Federal Government’s own policies and programs can better support these efforts, and how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community in these efforts.

 

The Task Force will work across executive departments and agencies to:

 

  • Assess the impact of Federal policies, regulations, and programs of general applicability on boys and young men of color, so as to develop proposals that will enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones.
  • Recommend, where appropriate, incentives for the broad adoption by national, State, and local public and private decision makers of effective and innovative strategies and practices for providing opportunities to and improving outcomes for boys and young men of color.
  • Create an Administration-wide “What Works” online portal to disseminate successful programs and practices that improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.
  • Develop a comprehensive public website, to be maintained by the Department of Education, that will assess, on an ongoing basis, critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color in absolute and relative terms.
  • Work with external stakeholders to highlight the opportunities, challenges, and efforts affecting boys and young men of color.
  • Recommend to the President means of ensuring sustained efforts within the Federal Government and continued partnership with the private sector and philanthropic community as set forth in the Presidential Memorandum.

 

Investments from Leading Foundations and Businesses to Advance the Achievement of Boys and Young Men of Color.  Leading foundations and businesses have long worked with others in philanthropy to create opportunities for young men and boys of color and today are committing significant resources to research critical intervention points in the lives of boys and young men of color; change the often-damaging narrative about them; and catalyze coordinated investments to seed, replicate, and scale up effective community solutions.

 

The foundations supporting today’s call to action have already made extensive investments, including  $150 million in current spending that they have already approved or awarded. Building on that, today these foundations are announcing that over the next five years they seek to invest at least $200 million, alongside additional investments from their peers in philanthropy and the business community, to find and rapidly spread solutions that have the highest potential for impact in key areas, including: early child development and school readiness, parenting and parent engagement, 3rd grade literacy, educational opportunity and school discipline reform, interactions with the criminal justice system ladders to jobs and economic opportunity and healthy families and communities.

 

The foundations will work over the next 90 days to design a strategy and infrastructure for coordination of these investments, which can be aligned with additional commitments from a diverse array of actors from other sectors.

 

These foundations, who are joining President Obama at today’s announcement, include The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and The Kapor Center for Social Impact. Many of the foundations are members of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color – a coalition of philanthropic institutions committed to leveraging philanthropy’s role in improving life outcomes for boys and men of color.

 

In addition to the leadership from the philanthropic community, the My Brother’s Keeper initiative will leverage participation from the business community and elected officials to support this cross-sector effort.  As part of today’s announcement, President Obama will meet with a number of business leaders – including Joe Echevarria of Deloitte, Magic Johnson of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners, Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association and Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment – to discuss ways in which they and their companies can work with the Initiative to improve the life outcomes of boys and young men of color.

 

The President will also be joined today by public sector leaders including General Colin Powell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Honorable Michael Bloomberg.  Additionally, several other prominent members of the business community—including Rosalind Brewer of Sam’s Club, Ken Chenault of American Express, and Don Thompson of McDonald’s—have already expressed their support for this effort, and the White House expects additional commitments in the coming days and months.

 

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Data shows that boys and young men of color, regardless of socio-economic background, are disproportionately at risk throughout the journey from their youngest years to college and career.  For instance, large disparities remain in reading proficiency, with 86 percent of black boys and 82 percent of Hispanic boys reading below proficiency levels by the fourth grade – compared to 58 percent of white boys reading below proficiency levels.  Additionally, the disproportionate number of black and Hispanic young men who are unemployed or involved in the criminal justice system alone is a perilous drag on state budgets, and undermines family and community stability.  These young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers and account for almost half of the country’s murder victims each year.

 

The effort launched today is focused on unlocking the full potential of boys and young men of color – something that will not only benefit them, but all Americans.  The Task Force and new private sector partnership will take a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to building ladders of opportunity.  Both the Task Force and the partnership will take action immediately while planning for long-term success.

 

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Obesity Rates on the Decline Among Young Children

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Nominates Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to Serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

FACT SHEET: President Obama Lays Out Vision for 21st Century Transportation Infrastructure

 

 

White House: US, partners, allies to help IMF in Ukraine

 

Published on Feb 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, USA, February 24, 2014 — White House Press Briefing on Ukraine.

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat After Dark™: National Governors Association Winter Meetings. Michelle’s “Trip To Bountiful.” Statements & Releases.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Governors Come to D.C. for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting

 

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February 24, 2014
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President Barack Obama meets with the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. President Barack Obama meets with the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This weekend, governors from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. The meeting gives governors an opportunity to talk about issues affecting states and discuss innovative solutions.

 

Last night, the President and the First Lady welcomed the NGA to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The President told the governors in attendance that he looked forward to working with them, “not just in our meetings tomorrow, but throughout this year – what I hope to be a year of action. Our partnership on behalf of the American people, on issues ranging from education to health care to climate change, runs deep, deeper than what usually hits the front page.”

 

This morning, President Obama and Vice President Biden both delivered additional remarks to the NGA in the State Dining Room at the White House.

 

During the President’s remarks, he reiterated his desire to work closely with the governors in order to make their states — and our nation as a whole — even better:

 

[E]ven when there is little appetite in Congress to move on some of these priorities, at the state level you guys are governed by practical considerations. You want to do right by your people and you see how good policy impacts your citizens, and you see how bad policy impacts your citizens, and that means that there’s less room for posturing and politics, and more room for getting stuff done.

 

We want to work with you. And I’m committed to making sure that every single member of my Cabinet, every single person in the White House, every single member of my team will be responsive to you. We won’t agree on every single issue every single time, but I guarantee you that we will work as hard as we can to make sure that you succeed — because when you succeed, the people in your states succeed and America succeeds, and that’s our goal.

 

Remarks by the President and Vice President at NGA Meeting

 

Remarks by the President at the National Governors Association Dinner

 

Remarks by the President before Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Remarks by the President at DGA Dinner

 

 

The President and Vice President Speak to the National Governors Association

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President Obama says that “the time is right to partner with the states and governors all across the country” on increasing opportunity for all Americans.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks to National Governors Association

February 23, 2014 | 6:25 |Public Domain

 

President Obama speaks to the National Governors Association.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks Before a Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a meeting with Democratic governors at White House to discuss several issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies, including raising the minimum wage. February 21, 2014.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases February 24, 2014

 

Readout of the President’s Call with State and Local Elected Officials on the Affordable Care Act

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Western Governors

 

Statement by the Vice President on the Retirement of Congressman John Dingell

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Renzi of Italy

 

Statement from the President on the Retirement of John Dingell

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Uganda

 

 

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“The Trip to Bountiful” White House Screening.

 

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.

 

First lady honors star Cicely Tyson at screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”

 

By STACY A. ANDERSON,  Associated Press:

 

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says African-American History Month is about “honoring those who came before us” and “resolving to do our part to live up to that example.”

 

The first lady spoke Monday at a White House screening of Lifetime Television’s film version of the play “The Trip to Bountiful.” The movie stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, who discussed the film after the viewing.

 

Mrs. Obama said the month is also about honoring African-Americans who have set an example.

 

“Those who moved us past ignorance with their wisdom and perseverance,” she said. “Those who demanded more from the world around them, and those who reached for higher standards through their life’s work, whether that’s as a movie star like Ms. Tyson or the millions of folks out there … folks who did their work in a classroom or in a congregation or around the kitchen table. “

 

Actor Blair Underwood smiles during a roundtable discussion after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Actor Blair Underwood smiles during a roundtable discussion after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

Tyson won a best actress Tony Award for her performance in last year’s Broadway revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.” Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, saw the show last August.

 

“Ms. Tyson’s story is about so much more than honors and accolades,” the first lady told the audience. “It’s really about character and determination. It’s about breaking barriers — not just for herself, but for all of us who are blessed by her legacy.”

 

First lady Michelle Obama gestures during remarks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle Obama gestures during remarks after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

Mrs. Obama praised Tyson for turning down multiple offers to play a prostitute and instead going on to portray “strong, resilient women” like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and the mother of Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries “Roots.”

 

“The Trip to Bountiful” debuts on Lifetime on March 8. The 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s play won a best actress Oscar for Geraldine Page.

 

The First Lady Speaks at a Screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”

 

Published on Feb 24, 2014

As part of African American History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a screening of “The Trip to Bountiful,” Lifetime Television’s film version of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” The film is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and highlights a courageous and moving story of liberation. February 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active.

 

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A White House Call To Action to Advance the BRAIN Initiative

 

Tom Kalil
February 24, 2014
04:45 PM EST

 

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On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a Grand Challenge designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain.

 

Under this initiative, Federal agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supporting the development and application of innovative, new technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function and its relationship to behavior. These scientific and technological advances could also lead to improvements in our ability to diagnose, treat, and even prevent diseases of the brain. Recently, DARPANIH, and NSF have made announcements of significant new solicitations or awards related to the BRAIN Initiative. Other Federal activities are being coordinated with the BRAIN Initiative through the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience.

 

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February 24th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2014 Governors Dinner

President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2014 Governors Dinner

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