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Wednesday
Sep052012

First Lady Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

Tuesday
Sep042012

FLOTUS' 2012 Democratic National Convention Video

Tuesday
Sep042012

FLOTUS Takes Center Stage @ DNC Tonight

First Lady Michelle Obama takes center stage tonight in Charlotte as the Democrats kickoff their three day convention. Unlike her 2008 convention speech where she introduced then candidate Obama to the country, look for Mrs Obama's speech to highlight how the President's policies have moved the country forward and how voters can't afford to turn back now.

Here's today's convention lineup - all times are ET...

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Call to Order

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

 

Invocation

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas

Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit

 

Presentation of Colors

Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard 

 

Pledge of Allegiance

3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School

Concord, North Carolina

 

National Anthem

Amber Riley

Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress

 

Remarks

Stephen J. Kerrigan 

Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee

 

Welcome Video

 

Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs

Bishop Vashti McKenzie 

First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church  

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

 

Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris

State Attorney General of California

The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland 

  

Appointment of Convention Officers

  

Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Remarks  

The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention

Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

Andrew Tobias

Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee

Alice Germond

Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

 

Roll Call for Attendance

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Platform Committee Remarks

The Honorable Barbara Lee

Member of the US House of Representatives, California 

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)

First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army

 

Platform Video and Remarks

The Honorable Cory A. Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

 

Remarks

The Honorable Bev Perdue

Governor of North Carolina

 

American Hero Video: Education

 

American Voices Remarks

Ryan Case

 

Remarks

Mary Kay Henry

International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

 

Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Honorable Charles Gonzalez

Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez 

Member of the US House of Representatives, New York

 

Remarks

The Honorable Pat Quinn

Governor of Illinois 

 

Remarks

Doug Stern

Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter

 

Remarks

The Honorable Tim Kaine

Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia

Former Governor of Virginia

Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Remarks

The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx

Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

The Honorable Harry Reid

Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada

 

An Economy Built to Last Video: Education

 

Women of the US House of Representatives

 

Jimmy Carter Video

 

Remarks

The Honorable Ken Salazar 

 

Kennedy Family Tribute Video

 

Remarks

Joe Kennedy III

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

 

Live Performance

Ledisi

Singer/songwriter

 

Remarks

The Honorable Robert Wexler

President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

  

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Remarks

The Honorable R.T. Rybak

Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Honorable Jared Polis

Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado

 

Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice

 

American Voices Remarks

Maria Ciano

 

Remarks 

Nancy Keenan

President of the National Abortion Rights Action League – Pro-Choice America (NARAL)

 

Progress for People Video: American Veterans

 

American Voices Remarks

Nate Davis

 

Remarks

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois

Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs

The Honorable Lincoln Chafee

Governor of Rhode Island

The Honorable James E. Clyburn

Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

 

Progress for People Video: Health Care

 

American Voices Remarks

Stacey Lihn

 

Remarks

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

 

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Honorable Ted Strickland

Former Governor of Ohio

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel

Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

Former White House Chief of Staff

 

Remarks

Kal Penn

Actor/Producer

Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

 

Remarks

Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng

Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama

 

Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay

 

Remarks

Lilly Ledbetter

Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Honorable Deval Patrick

Governor of Massachusetts

 

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland

 

Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro

Joaquin Castro

Brother of Mayor Julián Castro

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas

 

Keynote Address

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

 

Michelle Obama Video and Remarks

Elaine Brye

 

Remarks

Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States

 

Benediction 

Jena Lee Nardella

Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission

 

Recess

Monday
Sep032012

The Obamas on Parade

Wednesday
Aug222012

FLOTUS Speaks @ a Joining Forces Hiring Event 

Monday
Aug202012

VIDEOS: First Ever Kids' State Dinner

 

 

 

Sunday
Aug192012

Sunday Best 

The First Family attended services this morning at St Johns Episcopal Church in DC.

Friday
Aug172012

First Couple's First Kiss Plaque

The Dorchester Commons Shopping Center, in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, has a new 3,000 pound granite plaque that commemorates where First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama had their first kiss back in 1989. I’m sure we all know the story by now. After taking Mrs Obama out on their first date to see the movie “Do The Right Thing”, the President then took her to Baskin-Robbins and it’s there where they shared their first kiss.

Inscribed on the plaque is a President Obama quote from a 2007 O Magazine interview:

“On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.”

That Baskin-Robbins has since been turned into a Subway. However, there is a new Baskin-Robbins a few doors down.

While some may feel the plaque is over the top, some residents in the Chicago neighborhood think it’s cute and that it may even bring more tourism to the area. How do I know? I am one of those residents. While I am not a fan of large crowds of tourists that block sidewalks, make already limited parking impossible and can often be downright annoying (if you live in a major city and have to deal with suburban weekend day trippers, you know exactly what I’m talking about.) I am a fan and proud of Chicago’s Presidential Heritage.

As someone who takes out of town guests for a spin by President Ronald Reagan’s childhood home, also in Hyde Park, I enjoy letting my visitors know that my neighborhood is and was home to two Presidents – despite their political ideologies.

I’m also psyched about the possibility of the Obama Presidential Library in my neighborhood. While we may not have an Air Force One in our library, “The Beast” will be nice, but what the hell we’ll take an Air Force One too.

 

Wednesday
Aug152012

FLOTUS to Host First Ever Kids' State Dinner & You Get a Free e-CookBook

First Lady Michelle Obama is making history again. Mrs Obama will host the first ever Kids’ “State Dinner” Luncheon at the White house on Monday, August 20th. Back in May parents and children all over the country were invited to participate in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. For the challenge parents worked with their children to create healthy, original lunchtime recipes that were affordable, delicious and followed the nutritional guidelines of the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov.

54 winners, ranging in ages 8-12, from all 50 states, 3 US territories and the District of Columbia, were chosen by a panel of judges from Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture. These organizations worked with the First Lady on this initiative.

The luncheon menu will feature a selection of healthy recipes from the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and a performance by Nickelodeon’s music sensation Big Time Rush. The Challenge was created in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to help solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

The event will also be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Click here to see a complete list of winners and recipes. A free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes will be available in late August at http://recipechallenge.epicurious.com, letsmove.gov, USDA.gov, and Ed.gov

Follow @LetsMove on Twitter for live updates and photos from the event and use the hashtag #KidsStateDinner.

Tuesday
Aug142012

VIDEOS: FLOTUS & Gabby Douglas on The Tonight Show