Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. -mo
Taking it in on one last walk through the People’s House. ??????
Thank you for the birthday wishes and for the greatest gift of all: the opportunity to serve as your First Lady. –mo
Today, the President and First Lady joined Americans across the country in a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Naylor Road Family Shelter – the new home of “Malia and Sasha’s Castle,” the playset which sat outside the Oval Office for eight years.
The First Lady took care of some thank you notes with a little help from @JimmyFallon yesterday on @FallonTonight. ?Check out the full clip via the link in bio.
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So proud of POTUS and all that we’ve accomplished together. What an incredible journey filled with remarkable people. I love you Barack. -mo
“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid – you hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.” -The First Lady today in her final remarks at the @WhiteHouse.
The Obama White House
“Our school counselors are truly among the heroes of the Reach Higher story. You see the promise in each of your students. You believe in them even when they can’t believe in themselves, and you work tirelessly to help them be who they were truly meant to be.” -The First Lady today celebrating the work of school counselor of the final #ReachHigherevent at the @WhiteHouse. ?
The Obama White House
For all the students working hard towards a college degree – the First Lady has a message for you. #ReachHigher ? Check out the link in bio for the story behind Mrs. Obama’s note and tune in for her final remarks at the @WhiteHouse today at 11am ET: WH.gov/live.
The First Lady dropped by Luke C. Moore High School in Washington, D.C. to hear from students about the challenges they face in pursing their education. #ReachHigher ? Take a look ?: @attndotcom
“Excellence is the most powerful answers you can give to the doubters and the haters. It’s also the most powerful thing you can do for yourself, because the process of striving and struggling and pushing yourself to new heights – that’s how you make yourself stronger and smarter and able to make a difference for others.” —The First Lady to the 2016 graduates of @JacksonStateU. This Friday the First Lady will celebrate the school counselors who help students across the country #ReachHigher. Tune in for Mrs. Obama’s final speech at 11AM ET at wh.gov/live.
“Every day, I try my best to pass down to my girls that same love and that same dreaming spirit that Marian and Fraser Robinson passed down to me – that same love and spirit that your ancestors passed down to all of you and that you will pass on to your own children and grandchildren. Because in the end, I believe that that is the true path of history in this country – it is long and it is winding and it can be very painful. But ultimately, it flows in the direction of hope, dignity, and justice because of people like you who stand up for your values, who stay true to who you are and where you’ve come from and who work every day to share the blessings you’ve had with others.” —The First Lady celebrating the #NativeYouth of New Mexico’s Santa Fe Indian School this past spring. This Friday the First Lady will celebrate the school counselors who help students across the country #ReachHigher. Tune in for Mrs. Obama’s final speech at 11AM ET at wh.gov/live.
As the First Lady prepares to deliver her final remarks of the Obama Administration, we are taking a look back at Mrs. Obama’s most inspirational #ReachHigher quotes. Join us this Friday at 11AM ET as the First Lady celebrates the 2017 School Counselor of the Year in her final speech at the @WhiteHouse: wh.gov/live.
“This garden has taught us that if we have the courage to plant a seed, just be brave enough to plant it, then take care of it, water it, tend to it, invite friends to help us take care of it, weather the storms that inevitably come, if we have the courage to do that, we never know what might grow.” -The First Lady and her staff as they gather for a final family photo in the @WHKitchenGarden. ???#LetsMove
This photo was captured by @WhiteHouse photographer Amanda Lucidon in a classroom at R.S. Caulfield Senior High School in Unification Town, Liberia during the First Lady’s visit in support of #LetGirlsLearn. Take a look back at 2016 with @PeteSouza’s#YearInPhotos: go.wh.gov/YearInPhotos
Go behind the lens with @WhiteHousephotographers. ?Head to the link in the bio to see this year’s selections as chosen by Chief Official White House Photographer @PeteSouza.#YearInPhotos
“My name is Eddie. After I served in the Army and fought in Vietnam, I suffered from a mental health breakdown, and a financial breakdown, which resulted in me becoming homeless in 2004. So I went to the VA Medical Center to seek help. I was accepted in the homeless program where I was issued a VA housing voucher. Then, I got accepted to the Patient Centered Care Program, and the Homeless Veteran Supported Employment program started by the Medical Center. Once I got back on my feet, I knew I wanted to help others who were going through the struggles I went through. So I became a certified Peer Support Specialist with the Health Care Homeless Veteran program and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. Today, I provide peer support for homeless veterans, and support them with documentation assistance, orientations, and housing and rehabilitative therapy. ” – Eddie. Watch the story of Eddie and his fellow veterans tonight on @Viceland at 10pm ET. #JoiningForces
“I’m proud to say that I’m a veteran who has overcome homelessness. I joined the Army when I was 18 years old. I wanted to get away from home and that was the easy way of doing it. In 1967, I ended up joining the Navy, and two months later I was in Vietnam. When I got out in ‘69, I moved to Connecticut and got a job making parts for jet engines. After that ended I got into truck driving. I drove all over the country. I retired in 1988 and pitter-pattered around at different jobs. I bounced between houses, staying with relatives, but didn’t really have a place to call my own. I got to DC the train lost my luggage. I didn’t have anything but the pants I was wearing and about $15 in my pocket. I was at Union Station about four days before I realized, ‘Whoa, I’m homeless.’ Once that sunk in I went out, bought a sleeping bag, and there I was. I lived on the street for about a month, getting up every day with nothing to do but walk, walk, walk. My leg swelled up from all the walking so I went to a clinic. The nurse there said, ‘I got somewhere for you to go.’ And she brought me to the VA, where I got placed in temporary housing, and they said they were going to place me in a permanent house. On Friday I signed a lease and got the keys to my apartment at a center in DC that offers affordable housing to homeless and low-income people. Now that I’ve got my stuff moved in and can cook my own food, I can start working on my own dream: moving to Florida.” –Wendell, 74 years old. Watch Wendell’s story unfold and bring him to the @WhiteHouse on @Viceland tonight at 10 pm ET. #JoiningForces
May your home be filled with peace and joy. Merry Christmas! ?
“I am working with NORAD right now. Ooh, I’m detecting something on the radar screen. It is – yes, it is Santa and he is being pulled by reindeer! He is flying right now! And there is one lead reindeer with a shiny nose – who do you think that is?” -The First Lady answering the annual NORAD call tracking Santa and his reindeers each year. ?
Tonight on @CBStv, the First Lady sits down with @Oprah to reflect on the past eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ?Tune in at 8pm ET/PT.
Earlier this week, the First Lady shared holiday traditions and New Year’s resolutions with members of the Children’s National Medical Center’s Youth Pride Clinic. Tune in to @OnAirWithRyan to hear more.?
Following in the footsteps of former First Ladies, First Lady Michelle Obama spent Monday morning visiting with young patients, families and staff at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
“‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” -First Lady Michelle Obama and @RyanSeacrestreading a holiday classic with patients, families, and staff at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
It’s important to do everything you can to take care of yourself, and that starts with getting covered. Enroll today at HealthCare.Gov to be insured through 2017. #JustGetCovered.
“We have to remember that it’s not just about the presents. It’s about the spirit of service – the belief that in this country, we should look out for each other. And if someone, anyone in this country – if they hit on hard times, it’s up to us to be there for them, to help them, to reach out.” –The First Lady at the annual @MarinesToys for Tots Foundation distribution at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. #JoiningForces ??
“We are so beautifully diverse, but we have so much in common – our love for our families, our pride in our country, our commitment to helping each other.” –The First Lady at the annual @Marines Toys for Tots Foundation distribution at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. #JoiningForces ??
“As we celebrate my family’s last holiday season in the White House, I’m thinking back to when we first came here to Washington. We promised to open up this house to as many people from as many backgrounds as possible. And we truly wanted to make the White House the “People’s House.” -The First Lady yesterday welcoming military kids and families to kick off the holidays at the @WhiteHouse. #WHHolidays
The holidays have arrived! ⛄️ Go behind the scenes of this year’s @WhiteHouseholiday decor at go.wh.gov/Holidays. #WHHolidays.
‘Tis the Season! ?
Today and every day we have a lot to be thankful for. From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Halloween! ?
“From this voyage until her last, May God Bless and keep this ship and all who serve on her.” –The First Lady earlier today commissioning the @USNavy’snewest submarine, the #USSIllinois.#JoiningForces ??
Today, President Obama and the First Lady host Prime Minister @MatteoRenziand Mrs. Agnese Landini of Italy for the 14th and final State Visit of the Obama administration. Earlier today, the First Lady and Mrs. Landini visited the beautiful @WHKitchenGarden and enjoyed a performance by students from Washington DC’s Savoy Elementary School as part of the TurnAround Arts program. ????
More students today are walking across a high school graduation stage. The progress is inspiring. Keep reaching higher for that college degree! -mo ?
We see ourselves in these young women – in their passion, and their intellect, and their resolve. It’s stories like Raphina’s and Fouzya’s who inspire us to continue the work of #LetGirlsLearn. See how you can get help support girls’ education worldwide: LetGirlsLearn.gov
This is what #LetGirlsLearn is about. It’s about telling the stories of these girls and girls like them across the globe – not just their challenges and their struggles, but their dreams and their aspiration. Their unrelenting bravery and determination – the miles they have to walk each day just to get to school. The hours they spend each night studying, making their families proud. Their refusal to give up, even in the face of some overwhelming odds that would stifle many of us. #WeWillRise
“These girls, and girls like them, are my inspiration. I carry their stories with me every single day.” -The First Lady on the young girls she has met during her travels in support of girls’ education worldwide. Join the First Lady tonight and see these stories first hand on @CNN’s new film #WeWillRise debuting tonight at 9pm ET/8PM CT.
Imagine a world where girls got the education they deserved. ?? Join the First Lady, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto and Isha Sesay for the premier of #WeWillRise on @CNN at 9PM ET. #LetGirlsLearn
“There is no one reason why girls aren’t educated. It could be that there’s a sheer difference in the values that families place in their sons over the daughters. Sometimes girls are married off very early. Some families believe that it’s a better investment to have the girls stay at home and take care of household chores. But you all are the ones who are going to change the culture, because you’re going to raise your girls with a different understanding of why education is important. And that’s how change really happens.” –The First Lady to young girls in Jordan on overcoming obstacles to their education during a conversation with @GlamourMag on #DayOfTheGirl. #LetGirlsLearn
Look who stopped by the @WhiteHouse! @SesameStreet’s Rosita and Zari helped the a First Lady celebrate #DayOfTheGirl. #LetGirlsLearn
Say “veggies!” on three! ??? #LetsMove
Today, the First Lady welcomed students from across the country to harvest the @WHKitchenGarden for her final time as First Lady. Together, everyone made their very own fresh flatbed topped with vegetables straight from the garden. #LetsMove
“I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes that we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children -aspirations that have their rightful place here, in this beautiful spot outside of our nation’s home.” -The First Lady today dedicating the @WHKitchenGarden.With the planting of the Kitchen Garden in 2009, the First Lady started a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our country that evolved into her #LetsMove initiative. ???
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Ever wonder what happens when you combine @IISuperwomanII, #ReachHigher, and the First Lady? Click the link in bio to find out!
Hi everyone! My name is Kristina Broadie, Deputy Associate Director in the @WhiteHouse Social Office. Today, I want to show you one of the unique ways that we like to greet our guests during special events at the White House. In an effort to showcase the diverse talent across America we often times bring musical groups to perform for guests as they enter a reception like the one we are hosting today, for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Today’s group, the St. Martin’s Mass Choir of St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Church is local to Washington, DC. As a former choral student, I always enjoy hearing these special performances as I walk through the halls. And sometimes I even stop and sing along for a minute or two. -Kristina Broadie, Deputy Associate Director#APeoplesJourney
Hi all – Henock here from the @WhiteHouse Office of Public Engagement. For me, the story of @NMAAHC is told through its design. With a structure inspired by three-tiered Yoruban crowns and a casting that pays homage to southern African American ironwork, the architecture immortalizes the unbreakable bond between Africa and America. As a first generation Ethiopian American, I’m glad we now have a museum that acknowledges the sacrifices, accomplishments, and future progress of a multidimensional African American community. #APeoplesJourney -Henock Dory, Policy Advisor
Hi everyone! Every day is a busy day at the @WhiteHouse, but today we are busy getting ready to celebrate opening weekend of the new @SmithsonianNational Museum of African American History and Culture (@NMAAHC). Now, I would not be doing my younger marching band self justice if I did not showcase the impact of marching bands on the African American community and Historically Black College and University across the country. So, today we have welcomed the @TennStateU Aristocrats of Bands to perform on the South Lawn. Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ can be heard throughout the halls of the White House. This is just one of many African American cultural traditions we have woven into our celebration – follow along as my colleagues share their favorites as well! – Deesha Dyer, White House Social Secretary. #APeoplesJourney
The First Lady ?? Stephen Colbert ?? #LetGirlsLearn ? Watch the @ColbertLateShow tonight at 11:35pm ET!
To all the girls around the world fighting for an education, you’ve got friends on the stages of Broadway. Yesterday, the cast of Beautiful The Musical came together to shine a light on girls education and raise awareness for the #62milliongirls around the world who are not in school today. #LetGirlsLearn