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March, 2011 Archives

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day—and I would imagine the visit of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny—the White House dyed the fountain in the North Lawn green.

White House Fountain Dyed Green for St. Patrick's Day

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In the wake of several tragic bullying-related suicides last fall, the President and First Lady hosted the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.  Today’s bullying isn’t like the bullying of yesteryear.  Texting, Twitter, and other technologies spread the effects of bullying far beyond the schoolyard.  No longer does the end-of-day schoolbell announce the end of the day’s bullying.  It can continue any time day or night.

For those of you who aren’t aware of just how bad the effects bullying can be, take a look at this video titled “Bullying FAIL” that’s been circulating on Twitter today.

According to the White House Blog:

Every day, thousands of children, teens, and young adults around the country are bullied. Estimates are that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year – upwards of 13 million students. Students involved in bullying are more likely to have challenges in school, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and to have health and mental health issues. If we fail to address bullying we put ourselves at a disadvantage for increasing academic achievement and making sure all of our students are college and career ready.

In their own words:

The First Lady herself kicked off the conference:

More Resources:

Conference Participants Included:

  • Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Joe Sullivan, Facebook Chief Security Officer
  • Jason Rzepka, MTV’s Vice President of Public Affairs
  • John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps
  • Rosalind Wiseman, Expert on Children, Teens, Parenting, Bullying, Social Justice, and Ethical Leadership
  • Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice
  • Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education
  • Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President & Counselor to the Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagement
  • Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Aneesh Chopra, Associate Director for Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Howard Schmidt Special Assistant to the President & Cybersecurity Coordinator, National Security Staff
  • Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
  • Charlie Rose, General Counsel, Department of Education
  • Stephanie Cutter, Assistant to the President & Deputy Senior Advisor
  • Melody Barnes, White House Domestic Policy Advisor and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center right, and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, center left, pose for a photo with the honorees of the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2011.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center right, and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, center left, pose for a photo with the honorees of the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

First Lady Michelle Obama and Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Council Director, third from right, meet with the Council on Community Solutions in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Feb. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama claps along with students as they sing during her visit to Burgess-Peterson Academy in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 9, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait in the Green Room of the White House with Sylvia Mendez and Bill Russell as recipients of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom are introduced in the East Room, Feb. 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden discuss the Military Families Campaign with spouses of U.S. military leadership in the Map Room of the White House, Feb. 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets, from left, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, and Bob Santelli in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Motown Music Series student workshop, Feb. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Vice President Joe Biden, joined by daughter Ashley Biden, left, wife Dr. Jill Biden, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, react to a joke made by performing artist Jamie Foxx during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” a concert celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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