let’s move, new orleans!

First lady Michelle Obama visits the Royal Castle Child Development Center in New Orleans as part of her ‘Lets Move!’ initiative

77 Responses to “let’s move, new orleans!”

  1. November 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    So cute, it reminds me of when I was a young first grade teacher.

  2. 2 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm


    Don’t want any other FLOTUS until after Jan 2017 thank you very much.

  3. November 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Michelle is wonderful. When I show these pictures to my mother, she says this is the stuff I want to see… She gets mad they never show the Obama family just off the cuff and in situations like these! Hmmm!

    • 7 utaustinliberal
      November 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      She really is wonderful and gorgeous to boot. Her Let’s Move initiative is slowly but surely changing the way people eat and approach exercise in America. Heck all over the world.

  4. 8 collegekay
    November 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Michelle is gorgeous.

  5. November 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Miche is looking fantabuloooooouuuussss!!!I think this is shirt that she wore to meet Desmond Tutu. The one she did push-ups in.

  6. 11 Sue in Minnesota
    November 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    She is pure joy.

  7. 13 nintendowii10
    November 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    And to think that there’s a fraction of the nation out there that despises FLOTUS, what a shame. 😡

  8. 16 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    It’s a pity we do not know more about these elephants . . .

    This is why they want to take away all women’s rights

  9. 18 dotster3
    November 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I love how Michelle goes ALL IN at these kind of events. She puts her whole heart and soul into it, makes it so fun for the kids. The photos makes me miss my Head Start kids, whom I taught for many years. I loved those kids. We did great things and had so much fun too. Kudos to Michelle. She is a fun, warm and wonderful First Lady!

  10. 19 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Michelle Obama and Jacqueline Kennedy are the most BEAUTIFUL FLOTUS’ in US history. Good God that women is SHARP!! 😉

    Anyways many TODers are excited about the demise of Cain. Im not. I would want a strong Cain through the primaries to soften up Mittens. Mitty is laying low while all the fireworks are happening. Following every move of the Rove/Koch machine orders. It is Disgusting. Bought and paid for. 😕

    • 20 nintendowii10
      November 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Almost every liberal and Democrat HOPES that Herman Cain gets the Republican nomination, we’re having our own Operation Chaos 😈

      And I’ve been monitoring HuffyFluffy and watching their set of Republican right wing trolls point the finger at our side, and deflecting the allegations onto Clinton, Edwards, Wiener, and Spitzer. Apparently two wrongs make a right (wing).

      Cain brought this on himself. To semi quote him, he shouldn’t be blaming us, he should blame HIMSELF!

      • November 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Any Operation Chaos should focus on propping up Perry. Cain isn’t going to stick around for the long haul, and having him being the anti-Romney guaranteed a Mitt primary win.

        Pres. Obama would wipe the floor with Perry, and Perry would be detrimental to down ticket races for the GOP. Cain would be as well, but I can’t take that guy seriously.

        We strengthen Perry and it becomes a knock down drag out fight that could go all the way to the convention, will potentially hundreds of millions spent bashing each other until late August 2012.

        • 22 nintendowii10
          November 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm

          I was kind of being sarcastic re: my Operation Chaos comment, but Rick Perry is crashing and burning. His drunken stupor is the TIP of the iceberg.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Cain ran as a third party “conservative”, Perry as a Tea Party candidate, and the votes end up being split three ways against the Republicans. Only 31% of the Republicans want a candidate that can defeat Obama anyways, it’s just a huge sideshow until the general election.

    • November 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Alternatively, if Cain starts sinking in the polls he’ll have to start going for Romney’s throat – so far he’s largely stood back in the debates and let the others do that. I see fireworks ahead.

      • 24 Chi
        November 2, 2011 at 6:47 am

        Dear Chip, I suspect that Herman will try not to do anything that could potentially alienate his future benefactors who all happen to be part of the Republican establishment…who are behind Romney and probably this hit on Cain…

        They’ll simply promise to help ‘rehabilitate’ his reputation and help reinstate him in some plush gig or two…

        Which is really all he wanted to begin with…

        They’re already showing him how they can do just that by simultaneously pinching him while blowing on it to ease the pain…

        Think all the ‘defense and blame the liberal media’ cries from the likes of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh…

        If he however goes on the attack, they’ll not only permanently take him down, they’ll destroy him..

        It’s apparent that Herman isn’t exactly battle-tested…Or even marginally savvy enough to take on the republican establishment…

        Neither does he have a semblance of a solid campaign apparatus…

        And so just like Michael Steele, he’ll quietly slither away and just keep making money selling his soul and working hard at pleasing and trying to earn back the pseudo- favor he never really had with his masters in the republican establishment…

  11. 25 nintendowii10
    November 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Reverend Al continues to point out Republican shenanigans that don’t create jobs.

  12. 26 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    WTF. . .

  13. 27 nintendowii10
    November 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    House Teabags prepared to vote on “God We Trust” legislation that would cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, this is Orange Boner’s idea of “focusing like a laser on jobs” 🙄

    • 28 dotster3
      November 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      “Ridiculouser” and “ridiculouser”. They should all be tried for treason, no regard for this country and its citizens. What a waste of time and money. What a dastardly bunch, those House Teapublicans.

  14. 29 nintendowii10
    November 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Preach Reverend Preach!

  15. November 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    She is one gorgeous lady – I know why PBO is crazy about her!!!

  16. 31 Gc
    November 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Guys just want to thank you so much’ freezing and worried and self centered and then I saw Michelle and the soldiers coming home and I chilled (in a good way)



    • 32 dotster3
      November 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      Are you in Ct.?

      • 33 HZ
        November 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Gc, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I really do mean that statement. HZ

      • 34 dotster3
        November 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        I just saw the Dem Gov. of Ct. on the news, and he is wondering why more federal help and help from other states has not been forthcoming. I’m wondering also. I have family in Ct. who are dealing with the power outage also. They have been told to expect power not to be restored a week or more. They need help there. Businesses are all shut down with no power, people are desperate.

    • 38 Sue in Minnesota
      November 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      That is not being self-centered, that is called self preservation. How soon before power is restored? Power outages can really test your sense of comfort, security and PATIENCE!

      • 39 HZ
        November 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        Hello Sue. You always have such comforting words for all of us. Thank you so much for those beautiful words to Gc.

        • 40 Sue in Minnesota
          November 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

          HZ, your kindness never surprises me, it always inspires me, but honestly now I am blushing 😉

          I have been so dispirited since reaading Ishmeal Reed’s book. The MSM has always disturbed me, but now even more so when I think of the orchestrated damage and division they sow amongst our citizenry. Cain makes me crazy because he accerbates the very demeaning and disgraceful stereotypes they perpetuate, particularily of African American men. Then Tweety with his false equivalencies between our remarkable President and JFK. Frankly I wouldn’t buy his book to use as toilet paper. I really appreciated Toure appearance on The Last Word…..we need more courageous and honest voices like his to be given equal air time. Some days it feels like the mountain we have to climb just gets taller and rougher.

          Sorry to be so negative, today my head feels fine, but my spirit is hurting.

        • 41 Gc
          November 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

          Thanks to all. Yeah we are in ct. Mostly worried about my 80’s parents who don’t do shelters. Sister one of few around here with power but the aged are stubborn. At least there is that option however,

          Thanks for caring all, but since I’m healthy this year I have been offline to work. School will be closed for a whole week now though

          Luck to all affected and as always much appreciation for your hard for for Obama

    • 43 nathkatun7
      November 2, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Hi GC, I feel bad you are still freezing! I hope your situation improves very soon. I wish I could come snatch you and your family and bring you to sunny CA. You are a very special person, gc, who brings a great deal of warmth to pragmatic blogs like this one. I am praying and hoping that you and your family feel some warmth again. All the best friend!

    • 44 Chi
      November 2, 2011 at 6:51 am

      Take care of yourself gc…

  17. 45 nintendowii10
    November 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Reverend Al talking with a Dem Rep amongst a group of Dem reps who plan to live off of the cost of food stamps for one week, whereas the Republicans continue to snivel about class warfare and whine about the amount of people living off of food stamps.

    • November 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Okay, I didn’t hit my head or take a trip on acid. I’m not a troll in disguise, I’m just wondering: everybody already knows that you can’t live off the cost of food stamps. It’s a tough thing to do but people try to do it everyday. So what’s the purpose on these highly paid congressmen and women to “live off of the cost of food stamps for one week”? Isn’t that just a mite gimmicky? Shouldn’t these democrats be— I don’t know—pushing for the AJA or at least yelling about how we need jobs and repugs are just sitting on their hands and on jobs while everybody suffers? Do they think that their little experiment is going to make life better for poor folks living off of food stamps? we don’t need these congressmen to do their little experiments to know that food stamps aren’t the be all end. WTF? This shit is so annoying! Can’t stand the stupid games. My message to these congressmen: Fricking find poor folks jobs! you do so by doing YOUR job which means that you lobby you fellow congressmen or at least take it to the public and talk about how the repugs care more about their jobs than they do about the jobs of Americans! Idiots 🙄

      • 47 nintendowii10
        November 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        Democrats cant get AJA passed with Repub obstruction, so why the hell not make a symbolic gesture by living on the cost of food stamps, even if it’s for one week? Also this ends up helping Democrats IMO because they are painting themselves as wanting to help those who are impoverished as opposed to the Republicans who would, to quote Ebeneezer Scrooge “let them die, and decrease the surplus population.”

        • November 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm

          In my opinion, it just seems too gimmicky. I think they could get more people on their sides if they were out talking about jobs, doing town halls about jobs, etc and just been a supplement to PBO’s main act. This one week food stamp experiment just seems phony and ridiculous, but that’s just my opinion.

          • November 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

            ***being*** not been. grrrrrr 😐

            • November 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

              I never gave the matter any thought when I first read about the gimmick, but you make a good point, Lisa. It is gimmicky from the point of view that they really do not need to actually go through the experiment to be able to tell the outcome. And at the end of the week when they just return to their own regular eating pattern, what will they have accomplished? It might have been a more effective experiment for each congressperson involved to give their $30+ allocation to a family on food stamps and document ways that family enhanced their food budget. This way, they could report back that doubling food stamps would affect families in this or that way, or not at all. The current set-up just wastes time and effort that, as you rightly suggest, could be spent on lobbying for the AJA.

              • November 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm

                Nintendo, I don’t quite get how congresspeople eating on a food stamp budget themselves for an experimental week show that they want to help the poor. IMO there’s not much that’s helpful in a one week media ‘game’. If you start to walk with a limp for a brief while because I have a limp, that smacks more of mockery to me than empathy. It’d be more effective and long-lasting if they do something tangible about the job situation.

    • 53 dotster3
      November 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      That would be sweet and fitting. I never watched his crazy program, but I understand that he spent big chunks of every show selling/misleading his gullible viewers, tricked them into these bait and switch gold purchases.

      • 54 nintendowii10
        November 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

        I actually did watch his TV show for one entire hour twice, and I came off feeling LESS and LESS intelligent than before. Thank God I quit watching and that his show was canned. All that propaganda about FEMA camps, Marxists in the government, and people with commercials not only saying buy gold, but survival seeds! You can’t make this up!

  18. 55 Lightfoot
    November 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Oh My God, why is First Lady Michelle Obama so outrageously pretty!? Mm mm mm!!!!

  19. 56 HZ
    November 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I love our FLOTUS. What a joy for those beautiful young children. So beautiful to behold such a loving, active, caring, intelligent, and supportive FLOTUS. Love her so much.HZ

  20. 57 Me4obama
    November 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Michelle the beautiful, love my first lady.

  21. 58 dotster3
    November 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I see on HP that one of Cain’s accusers has contacted her original atty. and wants to come forward to set the record straight. They’ve asked the Restaurant Assoc. to release her from her confidentiality agreement. May be fishing for money for her story? She attended an ivy league school and now has a govt. job. She disputes Cain’s account.

    • 59 nintendowii10
      November 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Cain dug his grave, and just needs someone to put the nail in the coffin and bury the hole.

      And it’s telling how the right wing has attacked the two females, and deflected the accusations pointing to Clinton, Spitzer, Edwards, and Wiener, as well as accusing our side of pushing this story to bring Cain down. The story was leaked to Politico, as we know is conservative, and Mike Huckabee admitted that this story was leaked within the conservative inner circle. This has Karl Rove’s stench emitting from it, recall how he did the same shenanigans in 2000 against John McCain, when the establishment wanted George W. Bush to win the nomination.

  22. November 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama continued fundraising for her husband’s re-election campaign during a $5,000-a-ticket fundraiser in New Orleans.

    Between 80 to 100 people attended the afternoon event co-hosted by actor and local resident Wendell Pierce.

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the brother of Louisiana’s senior senator Mary Landrieu, called the first couple ““wonderful partners for our city when we were down. … We want them to know we are behind the president 100 percent.”

    The first lady then spoke, praising her husband’s work in helping women, pushing his jobs bill and touching on her husband’s childhood as the son of a single mother.

    The event at the home of Jill and Avie Glazer benefited the Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of the Democratic National Committee and Obama For America, the president’s principal campaign organization.

  23. November 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Oh wow!

    GOP: ‘In God We Trust’ bill needed to remind President Obama

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Randy Forbes said the president and other officials often forget that “In God We Trust” is the national motto.


  24. 67 nintendowii10
    November 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Rev Al to Repubs: “Get a prenup”


    Chips should try and get that video up and also the video of Al, Melissa Harris Perry and Johnathan Capehart talking about Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.

  25. November 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    FLOTUS looks absolutely fab as usual.

    Here is some video from WPVI-TV PHILADELPHIA:


    Two videos from WAVY TV 10:

    I think the reports fell in love with Bo. 🙂

    • 69 utaustinliberal
      November 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Donna, our resident video queen. Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much. 🙂

    • November 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Watching the first video as the reporter praised Bo I was thinking close association with the Obamas bring out the best in everyone, even Bo. 😉

      Thanks, Donna. Love YOUR video ‘touch’! 😆 Now I’ll go watch the second one.

  26. November 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    LOL…I hate to post one from GOPolitico, but this is just too good.
    It seems the WH Press Corps are quite upset the visiting affiliates received the red carpet treatment.


    Tuesday’s White House press briefing was standing room-only for the first time in recent memory, with attendance swelled in part by a visiting contingent of local television news affiliates.

    And White House reporters were grumbling that several of the nine local news anchors, from Philly, Phoenix, Denver and elsewhere — got questions at the briefing in addition to sit-downs with President Obama, lunch with senior advisor David Plouffe and special access to White House staffers from their home markets.

    Not to mention tours of the building and grounds and a visit with hunky White House assistant chef Sam Kass.


  27. November 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Purdy First Lady! Although she is a powerful, sophisticated, dynamic woman, she maintains a warm, winsome, playful, almost little-girl quality that is extremely attractive and welcoming. No wonder so many (including her hubby) love her.

  28. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    November 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Other than those in our own immediate families (I’m looking at you, great grandson), have there ever been two more beautiful people in our world than our President and First Lady?

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