Turnaround Talent

@petesouza: Surprise! Kids and the First Lady react to seeing President Obama, when he stopped by the WH Talent Show today




First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama at a talent show in the East Room of the White House, May 20. President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities held the first-ever White House Talent Show featuring performances by major artists and showcasing the talents of students from schools participating in the Turnaround Arts program which helps to turn around low-performing schools and increase student achievement through arts education













Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and students from the Martin Luther King, Jr., School in Portland, Ore., point to First Lady Michelle Obama in the front row as they perform during the White House Talent Show


127 Responses to “Turnaround Talent”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I love these photos

  2. 10 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  3. May 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    they were so happy to see POTUS.

    loved it.

    • 19 hopefruit2
      May 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      And as I have been saying in previous posts where children that age are shown with PBO, the kids who were jumping were probably just toddlers/preschoolers when PBO got elected…they should be taking him for granted because he’s pretty much all they’ve known, yet that’s not what we see, time and time again.

  4. May 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  5. May 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    The Prince gets it ….

    • 27 a4alice
      May 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      yes! I agree with Prince Charles! It’s flipping creepy watching Putin doing what he’s doing. It’s like history being repeated.

    • 28 anniebella
      May 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Well what do you know, the right wing conservatives is supporting a modern day Hitler. Putin Hitler, is their any wonder they all think he is such a great leader.

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      May 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Isn’t this MAJOR that Prince Charles is saying this?

  6. May 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Not cool Rouhani!

  7. May 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    So a DOJ lawyer’s son, Carney’s daughter, a spiritual adviser for President Obama is coach, David Plouffe’s kid, and David Gregory’s kids all play in the same Little League…..only in D.C.

    Jim Wallis, a member of President Obama’s faith council, has a rule when he coaches the Tigers in the Northwest Washington Little League’s 10- to 12-year-old division: No talking politics with the influential Washington parents whose kids dot the rosters. But he made an exception Monday evening when the leader of the free world showed up unexpectedly at Friendship Park in Northwest as the team was warming up. “Obama smiled and said, ‘Wallis! What are you doing here?’ ” Wallis recalled Tuesday…….

  8. May 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    • 46 MightyPamela
      May 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Indeed, his golden parachute is full now, he should just go. Besides not doing anything good for this country….

  9. May 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    There was a rather quaint earnestness to Per On jobless benefits, ‘I’m worried’
    05/20/14 12:42 PM
    By Steve Benen

    A couple of weeks ago, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez sent a fairly detailed letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), suggesting a dialog on extended federal unemployment benefits. “You have indicated that [Emergency Unemployment Compensation] should only be extended in combination with job-creation measures, but EUC is itself an effective job creation tool,” Perez explained.

    There was a rather quaint earnestness to Perez’s appeal – the Labor Secretary seems to believe there’s a policy dispute that can be resolved by information and an exchange of ideas.

    Alas, there’s ample evidence to the contrary. The Speaker’s office quickly dismissed Perez’s letter, saying it didn’t include a new plan for creating jobs. What about the fact that an extension would itself create jobs? Boehner’s aides brushed that aside.

    The issue seems to have largely faded from front pages, but it’s been nearly six months since congressional Republicans cut off unemployment benefits for roughly 1.3 million Americans – a number that climbs by about 72,000 people every week. It’s also been nearly two months since the Senate approved a bipartisan compromise to extend the jobless aid.


  10. May 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I love this post and I just love our First Couple. What a powerful, positive force they are for children and people everywhere. I had a smile on my face looking at the pictures and watching the videos. How lucky I am to be an American and VOTER when the Obama’s are in the White House!! Thanks for this, Chips. 🙂 Now to go back and catch up on the other great news today you have for us.

    • May 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      A pleeeeeeasure TME, thank you!!

    • 50 Obama Grandmama
      May 21, 2014 at 1:56 am

      I love how easy it is for the Obama’s to express their affection and love for each other in front of others in a positive natural way. When my late husband and I served our church as marriage preparers we taught the best thing you can do for your children is love each other. It is a role model for what a marriage can be.

  11. May 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    The next big fight over the safety net

    By Greg Sargent
    May 20 at 2:58 pm

    Word has it that Democrats are set to take a shellacking in the 2014 elections, in part because midterm electorates tend to be older and whiter. So what if Dems campaigned on expanding Social Security, rather than allowing themselves to get drawn into another debate over how much to cut the program?

    There’s a hook for this looming: The coming battle over disability insurance, which is a part of Social Security.

    Dem Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Finance Committee, tells me that GOP Senators have requested hearings into Social Security Disability Insurance this summer. Dems expect Republicans to attack the program as wasteful and fraudulent, in part because conservative media have already done so, and in part because at least one GOP proposal in recent days took aim at the program.

    Brown says Dems should seize this occasion to get behind a proposal that would lift or change the payroll tax cap, meaning higher earners would pay more, while adopting a new measure for inflation that would increase benefits for all seniors. Instead of getting drawn into debates about “Chained CPI” and other entitlement cuts, Brown says, Dems should make the case that stagnating wages and declining pensions and savings demand an expansion of social insurance.

    “We should stop playing defense on Social Security, and instead talk about why Social Security is a public pension that we should be proud of, that has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty,” Brown tells me. “The three-legged stool — Social Security, pensions, private savings — has seen two of the legs sawed off for a large number of people. It’s time to look at expanding Social Security as an issue of retirement security.”

    Brown said he expects Republicans to renew attacks on disability insurance (as opposed to the retirement security portion) to divide supporters of Social Security and renew the push for structural changes to the program, and said Dems could use that to draw an effective contrast. SSDI’s trust fund is set to be depleted soon, but that could be solved by a reallocation fix that’s been done before, rather than a deep benefits cut, which Republicans may press for.


  12. May 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm


  13. May 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Wonderful event among many, many wonderful events for children in the arts, STEM and health. The Obamas walk the walk.

  14. 57 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  15. 59 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  16. 63 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  17. May 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    What a great event with FLOTUS. PBO’s appearance once again shows that children love him, not because he is president but because he is a decent honest man.

  18. 65 Carole
    May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I just love how the POTUS looks at the FLOTUS! Sometimes it seems he is just simply amazed that she is in his life….and that she is his wife!

    • 66 anniebella
      May 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      I wish you all were able to see the kids perform today. They were fill with such talent and they were all so enjoyable to watch.

      • 67 hopefruit2
        May 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        I hope there’s a video archive somewhere. I will check the WH website, hopefully there is some footage of the talented kids performing.

    • May 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      You noticed that, too?! He just can’t keep is eyes of her! He’s such a romantic.

  19. 71 CEB
    May 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    PBO is like a benevolent pied piper toward children. It was so precious seeing the kids light up and run to hug and cling to him. They instinctively know his heart and that it is big enough to hold each of them. Seeing PBO and Michelle joyfully surrounded by little ones, hugging and holding them just brings tears to my eyes. It is sad that even though every First Couple in the modern era had children, some of which were young during their parents tenure, it seemed that they did not have the capacity to really see and love children beyond their own. In the Obamas we have a truly transformative couple, one whose influence will live on long after they leave the White House.
    I love this focus on the Arts as a very necessary part of everyone’s life; it is something that I have long believed and promoted.

  20. May 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I’m so tired and couldn’t think of a better way to word this tweet, but this is a very important article about the absolutely horrific decision Reagan made when he sent Marines into Beirut. Democrats and some GOP fought it, but when the tragedy happened, the Democrats acted with grace.

    ….The GOP’s recent efforts to gin up presidential scandals in punitive hearings, media lynchings, and weekly calls for impeachment, evince a party-wide pathology that puts partisanship over patriotism. For Republicans who believe that patriotism ends with lapel pins and cowboy costumes, it might be useful to consider some historical examples of true patriotism by a political party…..

    ….As the meeting ended [with Reagan], O’Neill in a gesture of warmth and support, reached out and touched Reagan’s sleeve, “Good luck.” O’Neill had considered Reagan’s Lebanon enterprise a fool’s errand from the outset, and had predicted it would end tragically. But the following day, he made what Congressional Democrats called the most passionate appeal of his tenure as speaker. He told the closed Democratic caucus that “it was their duty, now, not to criticize but to support their President and to do nothing to undermine him no matter what the political advantage.” O’Neill told them that it was time for “patriotism over partisanship.”….

  21. May 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t watch these shows but this was a very classy thing to do:

  22. May 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm

  23. 83 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

  24. 94 JER
    May 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Jer, we have 42 percent of the vote officially in and counted and Wolf has 247, 716, or 58 percent of the vote. The next highest is Allyson Schwartz who came in at just 17 percent of the vote. At this point, more than twice as many Democrats showed up as Republicans. Corbett, running unopposed on the Republican side has 164, 452 votes so far.

      • May 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        jackie, are you pleased with these results?

        • 97 jackiegrumbacher
          May 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          Yes, meta, everyone knew that Wolf would win, given his commanding lead in the polls. I did not get the Lt. Gov I wanted, but then I’m not sure that a Lt. Gov actually does. Our county numbers have not come in yet, so I don’t know how our efforts paid in for local races. The good news is that so many Dems came out to vote, relative to R’s.

          • May 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm

            Thanks so much for filling us in. It’s important for us to see how these trends are playing out nationally.

            A former SF mayor became our Lt. Gov. and he does absolutely nothing. And I mean nothing. My close friend in the Capitol has verified that. It’s a ceremonial office with not that much in the way of ceremonial duties. At least that’s how it is in CA. They should abolish the position.

  25. May 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Per Kentucky Official Election Site

    With 79% of counties reporting

    Total R votes 302,896
    Total D votes 340,721

    Grimes 263,126

    McConnell 180,990
    T-bagger 109,236 (most of those t-baggers ain’t gonna vote for Mitch)


  26. 101 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    That speech sounds very Obama-esque to me…

  27. 103 GGAIL
    May 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I love my President & First Lady Obama! Currently, I’m on my phone. I can’t wait to see this on a larger screen. Squeeeeee!!!

  28. 104 JER
    May 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    • 105 jackiegrumbacher
      May 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Jer, please note that there were four candidates running against Wolf, including Schwartz. Rob McCord is a great guy and Katy McGinty has a strong future in the state. But Wolf did a fine job. Came on early and held his lead.

  29. 106 vcprezofan2
    May 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    So Hillary’s big Lady whoever’s fundraiser didn’t help the recipient to victory?


    Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D-Pa.) has lost her comeback bid.

    The Associated Press has called the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D), who leads Margolies by 58 percent to 22 percent. Dr. Val Arkoosh (R) took 11 percent and Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach (D) netted 8 percent.

    Margolies, whose son is married to Chelsea Clinton, lost despite beginning the race with a huge lead in name recognition. She also benefitted from help from the Clintons: Both Bill and Hillary held fundraisers for her, and her final campaign ad featured a ringing endorsement from the former president.

    The Clintons’ allegiance didn’t just stem from family ties. Margolies, as a freshman congresswoman, took a tough vote for Clinton’s 1993 budget that guaranteed its passage and all but doomed her to defeat.

    • May 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Most excellent outcome, VC – and a message that Bill & Hillary would do themselves immeasurable self-preservation good to grok ….

    • May 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Oooopsie. I guess inevitability ain’t what it used to be.

      • 109 vcprezofan2
        May 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

        😉 You think this will give the Clintons pause? They seem so tone deaf, IMO.

        • May 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

          Nah. They’re measuring the drapes.

          • 111 vcprezofan2
            May 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

            smh – ONE of the things that turn me off about Hillary is that she seems so caught up in her own world/expectations that she gives the impression she really doesn’t SEE the people/needs around her.

            • May 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

              I think she’s smart and dedicated to the idea of being in public office but I don’t personally find her particularly interesting or compelling as an individual. I don’t see innovation or risk-taking in her thinking and I don’t feel a sense of compassion outside of women’s issues. I’ve never heard her address Latino issues or what it means to be an American outside the bubble or her political orbit. She just doesn’t resonate with me.

              • 113 vcprezofan2
                May 20, 2014 at 11:18 pm

                Ditto Meta. In addition to all the very valid points you’ve raised about her as a politician, not only does Hillary not resonate with me, she comes across as calculating and therefore I am not usually at ease with her. In fact, I’m inclined to see her one strength (women’s issues) as more of a requirement; she had to have a focus, so that seemed a logical choice. I remain firm in my belief that she is not the leader for 2016 – nothing about her or her political approach suggests a 21st century leader for the US & the world! NOTHING!

                • May 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm

                  I see we’re in agreement. BTW, I don’t particularly take pride in my opinion in some ways. I know she’s the Great White Female Hope for a lot of Americans but I just don’t get it. I really, really don’t get it.

                  • 115 vcprezofan2
                    May 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

                    You know what, Meta, it isn’t a question of pride in our opinions. I think we are simply being honest about how the woman makes us feel, and why should we feel apologetic about that?

                    I don’t hate her but I don’t really trust that she has a heart for the people either. I believe she is sincere in her desire to be ‘serving’, but I do not see her sincerity of purpose when or as she serves, at least not to others as much as to herself and her family. I suspect most of those in political or media circles who are gung-ho about her are so in anticipation of what they can get.

                  • 116 vcprezofan2
                    May 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

                    I really better go to bed so I’m won’t be heavy-lidded tomorrow. G’Night.

  30. May 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    The pathetic state of ‘journalism’ in Russia went from obvious to truly laughable and very sexist. RT was caught almost instantaneously of airing footage from one of Putin’s purges in North Caucasus in 2012 as if it were a recent result in Ukraine.

    The response ….

    “Russian state television has found a scapegoat for its silly mistake of airing old footage of a corpse slain in Russia’s North Caucasus, and suggesting it was a civilian killed by Kyiv’s forces in eastern Ukraine.

    Chalk it up to an innocent bimbo eruption.

    Commenting on a lengthy Rossia-1 newscast that recently featured the retread footage, deputy All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company head Dmitry Kiselyov has said that “young, nymphet video technicians” were responsible.”


    Needless to say, folk are not being at all gentle about deriding them …

  31. 120 carolyn
    May 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Read the article by Robert Kennedy, Jr. on Beirut and Reagan. Reagan was every bit as despicable as I thought he was. He certainly should have been impeached…….Republicans’ god!!!

  32. 121 hopefruit2
    May 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Wow…this woman is stupid…

  33. May 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I knew I could always come here and read the answer to any question. Thank you for posting the vote totals…Dem turnout was better than I expected.

  34. May 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

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