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Last night First Lady Michelle Obama hosted French President Francois Hollande for a State Dinner, the first of President Obama's second term. For the occasion she chose a blue Carolina Herrera evening gown with a full skirt and black lace overlay top.

First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts President Francois Hollande for a State Dinner

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts President Francois Hollande for a State Dinner:

POTUS & FLOTUS show off their dance moves listening to a performance by the NYU Vocaholics at the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the NYU Vocaholics perform in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House following a Christmas holiday reception, Dec. 6, 2012.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the NYU Vocaholics perform in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House following a Christmas holiday reception, Dec. 6, 2012.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Listen to the NYU Vocaholics:

The First Family attends the Christmas in Washington fundraiser for the Children's National Medical Center each year. This past year the First Lady wore a stunning silver J. Mendel jacket. And of course, Sasha and Malia look lovely.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha join young "elves" for a photo prior to the "Christmas in Washington" taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2013.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha join young "elves" for a photo prior to the "Christmas in Washington" taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha at Christmas in Washington:
President Obama kisses the First Lady following his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol.

President Obama kisses the First Lady following his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol.

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President Barack Obama Kisses First Lady Michelle Obama Following the State of the Union:

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia travel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and First Lady Marme Sall aboard a ferry to Goree Island, Senegal, June 27, 2013.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia travel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and First Lady Marme Sall aboard a ferry to Goree Island, Senegal, June 27, 2013.

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President Barack Obama and Daughter Malia Share a Sweet Moment:

Yesterday the First Family participated in a day of service to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King. They served at DC Central Kitchen.

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014.

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014.

President Barack Obama talks with daughter Sasha, as they along with First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Malia prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day January 20, 2014.

President Barack Obama talks with daughter Sasha, as they along with First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Malia prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day January 20, 2014.

President Barack Obama Elbow Bumps a fellow Volunteer at DC Central Kitchen During the Martin Luther King Day of Service

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Barack and Sasha talk during Burrito Prep at DC Central Kitchen:
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President Barack Obama Elbow Bumps a fellow Volunteer at DC Central Kitchen During the Martin Luther King Day of Service:

First Lady Michelle sent the following message to the White House email list yesterday.

Hello, all --

Today, I met a young man named Troy.

Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn't read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he'd shove desks, start fights -- anything to get him out of class.

Barack and Michelle Obama with Troy Simon from New Orleans

Barack and Michelle Obama with Troy Simon from New Orleans

But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He connected with his fifth-grade teacher, and enrolled in a program called the Urban League College Track. With the support of College Track and his teachers, he worked hard and made his way into high school -- and today, he's a sophomore at Bard College, studying American Literature.

There are a lot of kids like Troy out there -- kids with all the potential in the world -- but far too many of them are slipping through the cracks. They're not making their way to college -- maybe because their parents never went, or because they've never been encouraged to believe they could succeed there.

It's on all of us to help change that.

That's why today, Barack and I hosted college and university presidents, business leaders, philanthropists, and representatives from organizations around the country who are helping more of our kids see their potential and pursue their education. They're helping them navigate the financial aid and college admissions process. They're working with them to find schools that match their ability and interests. And they've made real, concrete commitments to help make college a reality for more kids.

And here's the thing: You don't have to be a university president or an executive to do that. There is something that each and every one of us can do in our communities to help make sure our kids realize their potential and make their way into higher education. That could mean having a conversation with a young neighbor or a relative, serving as a mentor, or volunteering at a local high school to help students fill out their college applications.

So I'm asking you today to make a commitment of your own -- and learn more about the commitments that universities and organizations from around the country are making, too.

I'm passionate about helping our young people because I see my story in theirs.

Neither of my parents graduated from college, but they always encouraged me to pursue my education and told me that college was possible. And I know that there are so many kids out there just like me: kids who have a world of potential but need some encouragement and support to make it through college.

That's why I was so inspired by some of the commitments I learned about today.

Universities are taking steps like helping underserved students with financial literacy, or finding innovative ways for academic advisors to better support students who could use a helping hand. And many colleges are working with organizations like the Posse Foundation to give kids the social and academic support they'll need to graduate.

These kinds of programs aren't just good for these young people. They're good for all of us. Because after everything these kids will have overcome to get to college -- and get through college -- they'll have all the skills they need to thrive in our businesses, and law firms, and labs. And that's not just good for them and their families, it's good for their communities and our country. That's why Barack is working every single day to expand opportunities to every single young person in America. And that's why we're working to rally the country around his "North Star" goal – that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Reaching that goal begins with each of us doing our part as parents, students, educators, and citizens.

We can all help a young person realize his or her potential, so I hope you'll learn more about the commitments that organizations and schools around the country are making -- and then make a commitment of your own:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-opportunity

Thanks in advance for everything you will do on behalf of America's young people.

First Lady Michelle Obama

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Barack and Michelle Obama with Troy Simon from New Orleans:

The National Building Museum was lit spectacularly in this view from the balcony as the Obama family and others listened to the Backstreet Boys perform during the annual "Christmas in Washington" taping.

-Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson, attend the "Christmas in Washington" taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2013.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson, attend the "Christmas in Washington" taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2013.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson, attend the "Christmas in Washington" taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2013.

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The Obamas Watch the Backstreet Boys at Christmas in Washington:

First Lady Michelle looks classy in a simple cream sweater and skirt pairing.

President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks at the Christmas holiday General Reception #4A in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 13, 2013.

President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks at the Christmas holiday General Reception #4A in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 13, 2013.

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Barack and Michelle Obama Address the Guests at a White House Christmas Party: