First Lady visits Decatur House

First Lady Michelle Obama is surrounded by schoolchildren from Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., after they performed part of a play at the Decatur House, a National Trust for Historic Preservation Site and home to the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, in Washington, May 22. The events were part of an announcement of a major philanthropic effort to preserve the Decatur House



Washington Post: Michelle Obama visited the slave quarters at Decatur House — a red-brick structure that sits in the shadow of the White House — that once housed the black men and women who served 19th century politicians, military and business leaders who lived in the property. The first lady, who is the nation’s only first lady to have descended from people held in slavery, made the stop as part of an announcement that the historic Decatur House, which is located 150 yards from the White House, would receive a $1 million grant from American Express to preserve the house and accompanying slave quarters.

More here




The First Lady:

“….. For nearly 200 years, as our country has grown and evolved, the Decatur House has grown and evolved right along with it.  This house has hosted parties and social events with some of our nation’s foremost leaders. It’s been a residence for secretaries of state, and at one time, it served as headquarters for the Army Subsistence Department of the Civil War.

But from the back of the house, from a structure far less lavish, comes even more history — the kinds of stories that too often get lost, the kinds of stories that are a part of so many of our families’ histories, including my own.  I’m talking about the slaves here at Decatur House who spent their lives within shouting distance of one of the most powerful buildings on the planet — a bastion of freedom and justice for all.

Yet, within this very place, about 20 men and women spent their days serving those who came and went from this house and their nights jammed together on the second floor of the slave quarters, all the while holding onto a quiet hope, a quiet prayer that they, too, and perhaps their children, would someday be free.  These stories of toil, and sweat, and quiet, unrelenting dignity — these stories are as vital to our national memory as any other.  And so it is our responsibility as a nation to ensure that these stories are told.”

Read the full remarks here


121 Responses to “First Lady visits Decatur House”

  1. 1 TrumpDog
    May 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm


  2. 6 Judith Fardig
    May 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Just darling!

  3. 7 criquet
    May 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Great pic.
    Hello all.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      May 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      LH, poor Bernanke, he’s talking to people who don’t know what smart is and couldn’t tell economic policy from a bologna sandwich. Honestly, it’s like asking a chicken coop full of hens to get smarter. Good luck with that, Ben.

    • 11 Linda
      May 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      They don’t care what he says at all….

  4. 15 Jovie
    May 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    But chips, I thought that girl said you never posted anything about the First Lady?
    And she said that you’re Irish.
    Actually, I am Irish too, so what? 🙂
    At any rate, thanks for the many posts you have on the First Lady, on this blog.
    Greatly appreciated. 🙂

  5. 17 Jovie
    May 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Oh dear !

  6. May 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Look at our lovely FLOTUS. Rocking that dress again I see kudos to you oh lovely, intelligent and oh so charming one. Love Michelle

  7. 24 Linda
    May 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009.

    The attorney general said that in conducting U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and its associated forces, the government has targeted and killed one American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.

    In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder says the U.S. is also aware of three other American citizens who have been killed in such counterterrorism operations over the same time period.


  8. May 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    OMG! Dinner won’t suck tonight. Been annoyed most of today until I just learned that an outside restaurant is providing dinner tonight. YES!!!! 🙂

  9. May 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    What an inspiration she is to women, not just American women, or women of colour but all women. That is the mark of greatness.

  10. 39 Jovie
    May 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Today’s Presidential daily tracking/
    Gallup is + 6 approval rating
    Rasmussen is -7

    That’s 13 point difference. Both right leaning polls.

    Any questions?

    • 40 anniebella
      May 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Two of the same polls which had Mitt Romney tied or ahead in last year election. That is all I need to know.

  11. 41 Jovie
    May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  12. May 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Tweeted @PeteSouza about his black and white photo of Bo. Guess what?

  13. 62 Nena20409
    May 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Good Evening Chips and TODville at Large.

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s 5-22-13 WH briefings. I am 4 posts behind today. So right after posting this, I hope it is not a duplicate, I am racing back to last night to try and quickly get all caught up. See you all in a giffy 😉


  14. May 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I was just going to ask if anybody had heard from symmetry and she popped up in my TL:

  15. 66 vitaminlover
    May 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Those young people are so excited to be with First Lady Obama.

  16. May 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Hope this hasn’t been posted. . .

  17. 70 COS
    May 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Hey Meta. When I read your post in SF, it was to late. I caught up on all of the threads when I returned home and I saw your invite. I sure hate that I missed it. It would have been nice to see you. Maybe the next time. We drove up to see my daughter who was attending her high school reunion. I love how FLOTUS repeats wearing her clothing. She has worn this dress several times.

  18. 71 Jovie
    May 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  19. 75 kathryn kivett
    May 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Good Early Evening….I am so excited to watch the Gershwin thingy tonight…..What more could a woman want than PBO, MO, JT, CK……..I don’t have time to go back and read so, in a nutshell, tell me your thoughts about this woman who took the 5th today…..Not being able to really be in it like I did when the other man testified, I just have to say……something just doesn’t smell right to me……Isn’t this woman a Bush appointee or is she civil servant career?……..Isn’t she the one who spilled the beans in the first place?…..Is there any way that this could be some scheme dreamed up to discredit PBO’s administration and ultimately get to ACA?…..just asking…………and finally before I change into my mumu and bedroom shoes and relax to some good music, I just have to say, I’m surprised that Oklahoma politicians are even letting PBO go to OK….

  20. May 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Will post a heads-up in a bit for the Carole King concert

  21. 88 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm


    May 22, 2013 7:25 PM EDTShare
    President Obama and First Lady Obama Host the Gershwin Prize Concert
    The White House


  22. 89 Dakota
    May 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    LOL! Love those pictures! The little guy dressed like Lincoln looks really pleased with himself! LOL!

  23. 90 Jovie
    May 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Looks like a Global Hawk, but Navy version!

  24. 92 prettyfoot58
    May 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm


    I hope that PA Dems have learned something from OFA about organizing the ground game….if they have not…Corbett will retain his seat…

  25. May 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  26. 94 peppylepew
    May 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Question: Why is Jay Carney callled Clark Kent?

  27. 97 prettyfoot58
    May 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Lunacy Continues

  28. 105 desertflower
    May 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Repaid. 9 YEARS EARLY!


    PALO ALTO — In a huge boost for the Obama Administration and clean-energy firms, electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors (TSLA) announced Wednesday that it has paid back its $465 million government loan in full and nine years early.
    The Department of Energy oversees $34 billion in taxpayer-funded loans for clean energy and other projects, but Tesla is the only United States car company in the vast portfolio of 33 projects to pay back its loan so far. The loan program faced fierce partisan fire in the wake of the high-profile 2011 bankruptcy of Fremont solar manufacturer Solyndra, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Tesla a “loser” in a presidential debate last fall.

    “Tesla employs more than 3,000 American workers and is living proof of the power of American innovation,” U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement. “This is another important contribution to what the Obama Administration has done to preserve and promote America’s auto industry. This announcement is also good news for the future of America’s growing electric vehicle industry. While the market has taken longer than predicted to get going, sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. tripled last year and are continuing to increase rapidly in 2013. Tesla and other manufacturers are in a strong position for this growing global market.”

    I saw one of these cars at Trader Joe’s last night! Beautiful!!!

  29. 110 prettyfoot58
    May 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Legislating is an imperfect art, but it is the art of the possible. Instead of screaming and moaning about how those who are fighting for us and with us “caved,” we need to fight those that forced the stripping of immigration equality from immigration reform. Lashing out at Sens. Leahy, Schumer, Feinstein and Durbin may make some of the reactionaries feel good, but it will not help advance the cause of equality even one single step. Demanding rigidity from your allies instead of targeting the real enemies of our cause is the surest way to lose effectiveness…



  30. 112 Nena20409
    May 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    My Life 😉 Favorite Billy Joel’s song. I had all his albums at one time. I went to see him. Something went wrong. I stopped that day liking Billy Joel for they made me walk back 6-7 blocks to put away my Camera. I have Never bought any more albums or CDs.

    My Life……I still love this song.

      • 114 Nena20409
        May 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Oh No ❓

        I said that I stopped liking him…..but many of his Old Music were Great for my Ears 😉

        • May 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

          I’ll forgive you Nena. Eventually.

          • 116 Nena20409
            May 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

            I am pleading on bended knees……Lady Chips. Billy Joel did write lots of wonderful Music. He was very Cute………in my eyes 😉 then. Over at the new post, I posted 2 Carole King’s songs…..would that at least buy me a tad reprieve at least until the end of the WH event. tonight :?:….Pretty Please 😉

            • May 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

              I don’t know Nena, I mean if you’d posted a Rand Paul video that would have been less scary. But we can get through this, I’m fairly hopeful of that. Just make sure you type ‘CONSTIPATED CROW’ when he starts, cough, singing tonight.

              • 118 Nena20409
                May 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

                😯 Rand Paul?

                Thanks Ms Chips……I will be on my best behavior……quietly, er….er, I am crossing my four eyes, if that is possible. 😉

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