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February, 2013 Archives

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move! Active Schools" event with athletes and students at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let’s Move! Active Schools" event with athletes and students at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let’s Move! Active Schools" event with athletes and students at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013.:

On her never-ending crusade to make America healthier, First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by Good Morning America to cook a healthy beef stir-fry with Robin Roberts and chef Marcus Samuelsson.

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke with the Governors of America about the importance of helping military veterans to transition back to the workforce.

If we do this, we won't just be upholding our values and honoring our troops... we'll be lowering the unemployment rate.
We'll be improving our health care system.
We'll be boosting economic growth in this country.
And we'll be strengthening our country not just for now, but for the years ahead.
And in the end, that's really what Joining Forces is all about.
It's not just about supporting our heroes while they're on the battlefield.
It's about standing with them ...and their families when they come home. It's a forever commitment.

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr. Jill Biden, delivers remarks during the National Governors Association meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama certainly looked Oscar worthy in a silver, pewter, and gray metallic beaded dress and matching drop earrings as she announced the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture: Argo, the story of the rescue of six Americans from the Canadian embassy in Iran during the hostage crisis in 1980.

First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Best Picture Oscar Winner Argo during the Academy Awards:

First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013.

First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013.:

Audra McDonald performs in the East Room of the White House during the National Governors Association Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Feb. 24, 2013.

Audra McDonald performs in the East Room of the White House during the National Governors Association Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Feb. 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Audra McDonald performs in the East Room of the White House during the National Governors Association Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Feb. 24, 2013.:
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a “Beasts of the Southern Wild” movie workshop in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 13, 2013. Participating, from left, are: movie director Benh Zeitlin; actor Dwight Henry; actress Quvenzhané Wallis; and moderator Rachel Goslins, a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Beasts of the Southern Wild" movie workshop in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 13, 2013. Participating, from left, are: movie director Benh Zeitlin; actor Dwight Henry; actress Quvenzhané Wallis; and moderator Rachel Goslins, a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted eighty students from DC and New Orleans at the White House for a workshop with the cast and crew of the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," including director Benh Zeitlin, actor Dwight Henry and the movie's 9-year-old star, Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Michelle called Beasts "beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest," praising its message of strength and resilience:

It's a movie that makes us all think deeply about the people we love in our lives who make us who we are. It shows us the strength of our communities, no matter what they look like.  It shows us that those communities can give us the power to overcome any kind of obstacles. And it also tells a compelling story of poverty and devastation, but also of hope and love in the midst of some great challenges.

So there are so many important lessons to learn in that little 93 minutes. That’s the other cool thing -- that a director and a set of writers and producers can say so much in just 93 minutes.  And it doesn’t always happen in a movie, quite frankly, but this one did it, and that’s why I love this movie so much and why our team wanted to bring it here to the White House and share it with all of you.

Watch the whole workshop:

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013.:

This year is the 135th anniversary of the White House Easter Egg Roll, the White House's annual Easter celebration. The deadline to enter the ticket lottery is tomorrow at 10 AM, so if you want tickets, be sure to enter soon!

President Obama and Kid President teamed up to do a little promo video for the event. The result? Way too much cute for one place.

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The White House Easter Egg Roll is coming up April 1, and Bo sported some ears to shoot a little promo. You've still got time to enter the lottery to get tickets!

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First Dog Bo Easter Bunny Ears: