‘Guess who came to our school today’

Orr Elementary School, Washington DC, September 6 – just look at their faces, how much it means to them.


Text of the First Lady’s remarks here


First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at an event celebrating the success of her Let’s Move! program and the new statistics showing a decline in obesity rates among young children


Left to right: U.S. track and field Olympic champion Allyson Felix, Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, First Lady Michelle Obama, North America Reebok President Uli Becker and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal


‘OMG! It’s the First Lady!!!’

…. with Shaquille O’Neal

137 Responses to “‘Guess who came to our school today’”

  1. September 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Love those pictures!!!!

    • 2 japa21
      September 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Congrats Bob

    • 3 globalcitizenlinda
      September 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm


      by the way, I hope PBO got to read this letter; may be it was my imagination, but I thought that some of the stuff you mentioned in it were reflected in his Rose Garden speech last weekend (so may be he read it)

      • September 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        Linda, I’m way too reticent to think he read the 29 Aug letter or the one I sent him shortly after his Rose Garden spectacular statement but I suspect many have written him letters expressing similar sentiments and, much more importantly, the message in my letter is something I have no doubt he fully knows.

        Thank you

    • September 7, 2013 at 1:45 am

      Regret the typo in the 1st sentence, but doubt that the President will ever see the letter. In any case, am posting the corrected version here. If any of you want to use any or all of the letter, as always, please do so and no attribution is required. Thank you and time for some rest which I clearly need!

      Dear Mr President,

      On 29 August 2013, I wrote you a letter that began:

      “You likely are way ahead of me on this, but the situation in Syria seems to present a watershed moment for educating the American people and all of humanity in a profound way. Imagine if we had had Twitter & Youtube on Dec. 8, 1941 and could have begun exposing the mass gassings at Chelmno – the onset of The Holocaust.”

      I then requested that you ask the American people:

      “What would they have done on 9 Dec 1941 had they known of the mass gassing of the Jews? What do they demand being done, now, to protect other Syrians from being gassed by their government?”

      You have now demonstrated to all humanity your values in confronting Assad’s use of sarin to kill his fellow citizens. You have also forced Congress to abide its Constitutional responsibility and take ownership of how America will hold Assad accountable for breaking nearly a century of international law regarding the use of chemical weapons.

      Every American must confront their fundamental responsibility to hold any genocidal tyrant accountable. There’s no legitimate denial of The Holocaust just as there’s no legitimate denial of what Assad’s regime did on 21 August 2013 (and, on a smaller scale several times earlier this year).

      Given your penchant to teach I have no doubt that Tuesday, prime time, will be when you cogently challenge Americans and all humanity with the historical facts and assign to each of us the task of confronting our shared responsibility in ablating Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. Humanity cannot afford to fail the test. Americans must score in the 99th percentile.

      Thank you,

      • 6 anniebella
        September 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

        Bobfr, whenever I talk to people I have been saying that the world sat on the sideline as Hitler murder over one million Jews, if they had step in sooner that might not have happen. Americans are saying it’s not us, but who knows, today it’s not us, but one day it could be, it could be Israel, or other allies of ours, but other countries, Congress and the people want to sit on the sideline once again.

    • September 7, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Bravo, Bob. Your letter is brilliantly stated. Americans have trouble understanding the idea of a “moral imperative.” Laziness, complacency, fear, resentment, suspicion–these aren’t good enough reasons to avoid what must be done if we’re to be fully human.

  2. 8 japa21
    September 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    She can come to my school any day.

  3. September 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for featuring Flotus. We love to see her too!

  4. 26 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I love My FLOTUS!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. September 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    An historic day, for many reasons, not least of which our dear President has led the Nation out of the travesty known as the #GWB era …

    … and did so by taking several major political risks that include saving the US Auto Industry, ending #NEOCON perpetual war, passing major health care legislation, funding advances in renewable energy and much more.

    #TrustBarack He’s not driven by polls or greed, he’s driven by DOING GOOD

  6. September 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    She is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 39 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Goodness gracious look how tall Shaq is next to FLOTUS and she’s purdy-durn tall, herself!
    Looks like the man is 10 feet tall, not 7 ft-sumty-sump’n!

  8. 41 carolyn
    September 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    You know, I don’t think FLOTUS feels at all bad for missing out on the spouses’ events at the G20. She is right where she wants to be, and is loved and needed. She just glows when she’s with children. (or her family)

    • September 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Was there a spousesโ€™ events at the G20 Carolyn?

      • 43 carolyn
        September 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        Yes, I saw a couple of pictures of the spouses being taken to the ballet….that’s the only one I know of. Don’t remember where I saw it….on a line of pictures with a caption. I’ve looked at so many words and pictures since Tuesday…….
        This has been a great week. I now have to go to Sweden and St. Petersburg.

      • 45 Dudette
        September 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        Yeh, they visited the Russian Ballet Academy — pictures looked pretty cool.

        But I’m with carolyn, FLOTUS was in the right place at the right time. I love her for her choices and the way she represents us all so well.

        • September 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          Thank you Dudette! Thrilled she wasn’t there, really don’t like these ‘spouses’ events.

          • 47 anniebella
            September 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

            I know POTUS had to go, he is the President, but I wasn’t so happy about POTUS going to Russia. So I’m glad FLOTUS didn’t go either, beside i imagine getting the girls ready for school was what she had to do.

          • 48 99ts
            September 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

            I tend to agree – these meetings are not meant to be social events. The concept of “spouses events” which were originally called “wives events” were for the days when most countries barred married women (excluding those who lived in poverty) from having jobs outside of the home.

            HOWEVER – 2014 G20 is in my home town – and I can think of one leader’s spouse who would be welcomed by everybody in the county ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 49 carolyn
          September 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          Thanks for the link Dudette. You are so quick with those things!

          • 50 vcprezofan2
            September 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

            Dudette IS quick, isn’t she, Carolyn? My theory is that she has a personal assistant or secretary whose main task is to cue up the links for her, but I haven’t been able to catch him off guard so he’ll reveal himself with a comment.

            • 51 Dudette
              September 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

              Nah, none of that. I’ve been all over the G20 website for that last two days, so I knew right where to go.
              No magic, just a little bit of muscle memory. ๐Ÿ˜€

              • 52 vcprezofan2
                September 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm

                Oh, it’s not just the G20 stuff, Dudette. After all, I remembered that it was you who originally shared the spouses info.

                I’m thinking more of the party music, the video or CD of the moment right at your fingertips, I wouldn’t be surprised if I indicated that ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ was my favourite pop song you’d locate it right away. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

                • 53 Dudette
                  September 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

                  Ask and ye shall receive! ๐Ÿ˜€

                  Stevie Ray Vaughan – Mary Had A Little Lamb

                  • 54 vcprezofan2
                    September 7, 2013 at 12:11 am

                    ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Never knew such a thing existed! I thought I made it up. Unfortunately it is an instrumental and I never understand those! Music has to have words in order to make sense to me. One of the ironies in our family is that the good Lord sent a musical child my way! Poor child used to spend a lot of time rolling eyes at my musical ignorance.

                    Thank you, good night, and rest well!

  9. September 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    YAY for our gorgeous and sweet FLOTUS. She is so happy involved in the teaching of children. LOVE.

    Shaq seems like a decent, sweet guy who likes to build community.

  10. 56 globalcitizenlinda
    September 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    wanted to send a word of appreciation to the NASA team (aka our “big government wonks”).

  11. 58 Jovie
    September 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    The NASA channel.

  12. 60 GGail
    September 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Good West Coast evening Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I knew one day this week I was gonna have to really do some work at the office – and today was it! I was able to peek every now and then, but could not comment – IT’S BEEN KILLING ME!!!!!! So here goes…

    I’m so proud of my President Obama – the hardest working and most honest human being on this Earth!

    FLOTUS is so beautiful inside and out – I wish she would come to my office – I would do some exercise if she came…I really would! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 66 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    TINA!!! [Inspired by the Tom Hardy/Mad Max photo I posted earlier]

  14. September 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm


  15. 75 carolyn
    September 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I just LOVE the looks on the faces of those girls with FLOTUS…….so open, so honest, so admiring, so loving. And, she just exudes joy and love.

  16. September 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    T – 4 and counting …. limits checks are go ….

  17. 77 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  18. 81 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield Sings David Bowie’s Space Oddity

  19. 86 GGail
    September 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I am just as excited listening to this launch as I was when I was a young girl and listening to the very first one and watching it on our black & white television. We weren’t so sure if it was real or not ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 91 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  21. 92 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Time for me to blow this popsicle too. See y’all another time! Goodnight Family!

  22. 94 Dudette
    September 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm


    • September 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Dudette, I’d like to pound this sentiment into people’s heads every time I hear them complain about school taxes. One plumber with two little kids said he didn’t know why he had to pay school taxes BEFORE his kids were in school. I almost bit my tongue to keep from saying it was so that we didn’t have more stupid people like him.

  23. 96 Dudette
    September 7, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I love’s ya all, but I got’s ta go! ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. 97 Dudette
    September 7, 2013 at 12:06 am

    For VIC, ICYMI up-thread. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 98 theo67
    September 7, 2013 at 12:10 am

    So, this Captain Philips movie with Tom Cruise about the pirate hi-jacking from President Obama’s first term is the second movie about an operation managed by Commander-in-Chief Obama. And it’s a thriller!

    Clearly, there will be many more movies triggered by this presidency…

    • September 7, 2013 at 5:44 am

      I was so disappointed in the real life Cpt. Philips. After all that PBO did expending our naval resources and personnel to rescue his ass plus invite him into the WH, his TV interviews were appalling. He failed to give Pres Obama any credit. Focused exclusively on his own story of “bravely” asking the pirates to take him with them instead of harm his crew. Said a perfunctory thank you to the navy seals and did his TV rounds.

      I was disgusted at the time in 2009, especially since Newt Gingrich, John Bolton & Bill Kristol had been attacking Pres Obama for being weak in not bombing Somalia right away, while the crisis was still fresh. The media piled on with the nonsense about the situation being a critical “foreign policy test” for PBO.

      Then as they always do, Gingrich was mid-sentence spewing his diatribe when news broke about the surgical rescue mission and strike at the pirates. The media promptly dropped the story, without ever shaming the GOP barkers.

      • 100 theo67
        September 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        Yes – Captain Phillips was extremely disappointing for the reasons you said. As soon as I saw him refusing to give credit where credit was due (although, I seem to remember his family thanking the right people), I wrote him off. But, since Tom Hanks (not Tom Cruise *sorry*) is in it, I think it will be a more fair portrayal of events. I think Captain Phillips should be praised for surrendering himself to save his crew, but he’s not the only hero in the thing.

  26. September 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

    • 103 Dudette
      September 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Ack! I followed this woman just so I could see that stupid picture of Hillary with her head on top of Wonder Woman’s body. Now I’ve gotta scrub that out of my memory banks. Warn us next time okay? Sheesh!

      • 104 theo67
        September 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        My sincere apologies. I was in a deep state of shock when I saw this last night. I felt sharing the pain might help. It didn’t…

  27. 105 99ts
    September 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Reading up on the treaties re chemical weapons use – wonder if any of the GOP members of congress have ever read anything about them – why they were introduced, what happened to the allies in the trenches in WWI etc etc.

    We learn history, so we don’t repeat it. The GOP rewrites the history books because they want to repeat it.

  28. 106 theo67
    September 7, 2013 at 1:05 am

    ok – not sure if this tweet will post properly. But, I don’t know about the rest of you, but on the way back from international business trips – I’m usually so exhausted, it would never occur to me to think about someone else’s special day. The President did. And he’s leading the world…

    https://twitter.com/WestWingReport/statuses/376207237624385536“>September 7, 2013

  29. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    September 7, 2013 at 1:14 am

    • 110 nathkatun7
      September 7, 2013 at 1:51 am

      I have issues with some of TR’s actions, such as his rash, and blatantly unfair, treatment of Black Soldiers during the 1906 Brownsville, TX affair- or what some history books call the Brownsville riot. On the whole, he was one of the Presidents who was not reticent to make decisions in the interest of the common good.

      • 111 jacquelineoboomer
        September 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

        Love your sense of history, nath, and will spend some time today looking into the Brownsville riot. Thank you – enjoy your Saturday!

  30. September 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

    What is going on right now is just noise, I think mostly reflecting people’s feelings about Bush, Iraq and WMD that weren’t real. This to shall pass.

    President Obama needs a congress he can work with. I got distracted from 2014 by this and Snowden, but no more!

    Greg Sargent is thinking out loud with this piece, offering more questions than anything, but I do think people see things differently than congress and the media. Just look at both of PBO’s massive election wins to prove that point.

    If Obama heeds Congress on Syria, the Dem base will have his back

    • September 7, 2013 at 1:41 am

      In some ways, it’s difficult to understand how PBO would/could put his faith in Congress when all they’ve ever tried to do is undermine him. I know he wanted to strengthen his position and that of the country by promoting a unified voice but not sure what happens if Congress votes not to strike. I don’t think PBO will move forward on his own but who knows? Considering the national security interests, it’s not clear how this will pan out. Will the Dem Party have his back? I don’t know. Sorry to say, I’m losing faith in the sanity of a lot of these people.

      • 114 nathkatun7
        September 7, 2013 at 2:15 am

        “Sorry to say, Iโ€™m losing faith in the sanity of a lot of these people.”

        Meta, you are not alone! Thankfully our CA members of the Senate, for the most part, have President Obama’s back. The same is true of Leader Nancy Pelosi and my House of Rep. Congresswoman, Susan Davis. But the same isn’t true of many of the “holier than thou” Democrats. Yesterday, two Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against the President, and another one voted “present.” This was deeply disappointing for me. If President Obama can’t even count on Democrats to trust and support him how is he going to be able to swing Republicans to support him in trying to send unified position to the world. To be honest, right now I am more disgusted with Democrats in Congress who are back-stabbing the President than I am about some of these predictable idiotic Republicans. I am seriously questioning my loyalty to the Democratic Party. Exactly what’s the use of me loyally supporting Democrats who are quick to join extremist Republicans to frustrate a Democratic President on a major issue with international implications?

  31. September 7, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Steve Benen

    Putting the goalposts firmly in place

    …Instead, let’s try to fully appreciate the rules as they’ve been laid out for the political establishment, because it seems as if the last few days have been devoted to the political establishment and the chattering class planting some goalposts pretty deep.

    If congressional Republicans ignore President Obama, it’s evidence of Obama failing. If congressional Republicans ignore their own party’s leaders, it’s still evidence of Obama failing.

    If the president bypasses Congress to pursue his national security strategy, he’s dictatorial. If he seeks congressional authorization for his national security strategy, he’s weak and undermining the stature of his office….

    ….I imagine for many political observers, it’s easy to think of political “wins” and “losses” in a sports context — victories are inherently good and defeats are inherently bad. And if the president goes to Congress seeking authorization for a military strike in Syria, and lawmakers reject the appeal, it would be, by definition, a loss for the president.

    But it might simultaneously be a win for democracy that leaves the public with the outcome the American mainstream wants. Voters may well react to news organizations obsessing over “Crushing Presidential Defeat on Capitol Hill,” but I’m not convinced the public would reflexively see it that way.

    If Congress balks and the White House honors the vote, most Americans would be pleased, not outraged, right?

  32. September 7, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I absolutely love the first family. I may not always agree with our Prez, but I always trust that he knows what he is doing.

  33. September 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I like this idea. I think it could strength all of these groups

    AFL-CIO seeks political alliance with progressive groups

    ….As it kicks off its convention in Los Angeles this weekend, the 12-million-member AFL-CIO says it is aligning itself with progressive groups such as the NAACP, the Sierra Club and the National Council of La Raza to strengthen the left’s political power. The effort aims to create a strong voice within the Democratic Party while at the same time restoring the power of labor in a country increasingly unfriendly to unions…..

  34. September 7, 2013 at 3:16 am

    The Bush Burden

    ….Blame Bush? Of course, President Obama has to lead; itโ€™s his superpower now, his armies to move, his stage. But the prior president gave every world leader, every member of Congress a reason to keep the dogs of war on a leash. The isolationists in the Republican Party are a direct result of the Bush foreign policy. A war-weary public that can turn an eye from children being gassed โ€” or express doubt that it happened โ€” is another poisoned fruit of the Bush years. And for the nearly 200 members of both houses of Congress who voted on the Iraq war in 2002 and are still in office and facing a vote this month, Bush shadows them like Scroogeโ€™s ghost…..

  35. 122 arkluvspbo
    September 7, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Oh my goodness! So much catching up to do here in TODville. I have been celebrating the Jewish New Year with my family and it’s been wonderful to be back home with them. To all my fellow MOT O’bots — l’shanah tovah tikatevu — a happy, healthy and sweet new year, and may you be inscribed in the book of life.
    I hope this post goes through, WP was not cooperating earlier

    • 123 arkluvspbo
      September 7, 2013 at 4:11 am

      BTW, thank you to all you blogtyrants for keeping us posted on the incredible work our fine president is doing. Hardest working man EVER, and the GOP/TP/EMOPROGS can bite it — for all they are worth.

  36. 124 amk for obama
    September 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

  37. 125 Jovie
    September 7, 2013 at 7:07 am


    He should just say to Americans look you don’t want this fine I tried to stop kids being gassed. But you don’t want this, got it.
    And out of spite he should also say he’s repealing obamacare bc you don’t want that either.
    This is pathetic everybody is scared to death of everything.

  38. 130 dotster3
    September 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Here’s the main problem with the proposed Syrian action. U.S. Intelligence officials say it is “likely” that the Assad regime ordered the attacks but the case is not “airtight”. It seems to me that this case needs to be “airtight”, something more than “likely” before military strikes are launched. And I think another reason why some seem to be reluctant to support—-some early info has now been dismissed as false by U.S. officials, as in Assad’s brother ordered the attacks in Syria. Info is still too hazy for most people.


    • 131 Jovie
      September 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

      If this doesn’t go through he’s is weakened and the midterms will be effected.
      It was the wrong choice to go to congress.
      He made a mistake!

    • 132 57andfemale
      September 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

      I completely agree. One of the aspects that PBO supporters must supply is patience. We need this to be a clear, justified international reaction, even if the dysfunctional Security Council can’t get their act together.

      The case needs to be airtight or the political consequences will not be good.

  39. 136 Layla
    September 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

    PBO knows what he is doing!!!!!!!!!

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