First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Kid Chefs


First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the “Kids State Dinner” in the East Room of the White House. The White House treated more than 50 kid chefs to a “state dinner.” The children earned a seat at the table by whipping up mouth-watering yet healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs last year’s winner from Delaware, Braeden Mannering

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama confess that their favorite junk foods are french fries (her) and chips and guacamole (him)







President Barack Obama teases First Lady Michelle Obama when she says she is taking a break from french fries


@dougmillsnyt: FLOTUS reacts when POTUS reveals that she like likes french fries. FLOTUS says “I’m taking a break” from them.


129 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Kid Chefs”

  1. 1 Vicki
    July 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Evening, all

  2. 8 Vicki
    July 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my. I just signed on to hear what all of you are thinking about. Now I will do just that and come back afterwards.

  3. 9 Vicki
    July 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    FLOTUS and POTUS are so so cute.

  4. July 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Gooooooooooregous, thank you Nerdy, you bunch of splendidness!!!!

  5. 14 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Well, duh… : ) 🙂 Paging Martha Radditz, War Room Tom, TimCrowleycnn and all the others who were swooning over Putin’s “shirtless” tough man stance a few months ago….

    • 15 Vicki
      July 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      President Obama vanquishes every foe. Sooner or later, but always.
      But you knew that, right, Hopefruit?

  6. 16 Vicki
    July 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy. This posting is the perfect antidote to despair.
    The group of lovely photos you’ve shared with us show that The First Family have a vast range of strengths. In the midst of strife, tragedy and demented partisan assaults PBO and MO are joyous with kids. They display their senses of humor and their ability to rise to every occasion they meet.

    Thank you again for this gorgeous respite. And to many more wonderful moments with our First family. At TOD.

  7. 18 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Awesomeness is the middle name of one Nerdy Wonka at TOD 😉

    Rock With TOD, All Night……. 😉

  8. 20 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Gold ⭐
    Ag and tie for Bronze too for Vicki.


  9. July 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    The staff really did a tremendous job decorating with beautiful fruit and vegetables and lots of color for this event.

    If you have a chance, you MUST see that young boy introduce FLOTUS. Smart and compassionate with a full sense of community giving and receiving, he finished by doing a brilliant riff on PBO’s famous lines from 2008 DNC. He made her cry and he definitely choked me up. What a brilliant young man!!

  10. July 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm


    July 18,2014
    A Passenger Plane was Shot down in the Donetsk Region by “Buk” Missile System
    On July 17, a large passenger aircraft Boeing 777, performing a flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, was shot down in the eastern part of Ukraine. According to the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces, the airplane was crashed down by “Buk” missile system as the liner was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters.
    Ukraine has no long-range air defence missile systems in this area.
    The plane was shot down, because the Russian air defence systems was affording protection to Russian mercenaries and terrorists in this area.
    The leader of the terrorists Igor Girkin (Strelkov) immediately commented on the airplane catastrophe, believing that it was the Ukrainian jet that crashed down: “In Torez An-26 was shot down, its crashes are lying somewhere near the coal mine “Progress”. We have warned everyone: do not fly in our skies.” (see photo below – text in Russian)
    Ukraine will present the evidence of Russian military involvement into the Boeing crash.
    The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called for the establishment of a National Commission with the involvement of the International Civil Aviation Organization and other international bodies to investigate the catastrophe. According to him, “those found responsible for this tragedy will be brought to justice.””


    • 26 Vicki
      July 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Very strong statement and I believe that justice will be done, Bob.
      Right now the news I want to hear is that the bodies of the victims have been covered, at least, and will be handled carefully and respectfully, returned to their families ASAP.

      • July 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        I want to hear that same news, Vicki. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening and it is profoundly obscene that the suffering of all the families and friends of the victims is being brutally compounded by the behavior of the Russian Government and their terrorist minions.

  11. 29 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Read Josh Earnest held a WH presser today. I Have not been able to locate any video yet. I want my WH Presser Video now….. 😉

    A drug for moi? Perhaps. Hopefully, WH YouTube section would have it soon.

  12. 32 anniebella
    July 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    The young kid from Delaware who introduce FLOTUS was so sweet.

  13. 33 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Love sea food. I am not sure that I will knowing eat a blue colored Carb 😉

  14. 39 dotster3
    July 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I swear I didn’t see all the salivating comments——until just now——but I confess that I did buy chips and fresh guac at the grosh today, so I can be more like PBO, more Obama-like. I think it’s working—–already calmer, cooler and more collected——getting taller and more handsome too! And “brillianter”. 🙂

    • July 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      “I confess that I did buy chips and fresh guac at the grosh today”

      I swear, sales will have rocketed today!!!! 🙂

    • July 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Hope you bought avocados for guac, b/c guac is the easiest thing on earth to make (just requires patience if the avocados are rockhard, LOL).

      Just add lemon or lime juice and lots of garlic salt and Lawry’s seasoning salt. It’s better with some chopped tomatoes and minced cilantro (and I don’t like cilantro), but those aren’t required.

      • 45 dotster3
        July 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        Thanks for the recipe tip—–I’ve always wondered—-but not enuf to look it up 🙂 but always have avocados around as I like them on my salads. Usually just do 3 ingredients or less, think I could manage 4, and I will skip the cilantro because you don’t even like it and I don’t even now what it is. Might like my own guac better—-one I bought is good but a little too oniony, or something biting.

        • July 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm

          Always gets raves — the secret, of course, is the garlic and seasoning salt. Yum.

          Unfortunately, we’re told to limit our salt intake, but it’s truly a flavor enhancer. I guess you could by using kosher salt — which is bigger than table salt, so a little goes a long way.

  15. 47 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Wow. These kind of stories make me see red. Pardon me, please.

    James Brown died on Dec 25th, 2006……due to family in fighting, the man was not buried for months…..People knew where his body was and he was never mistreated while in the hospital by his family.

    What they are doing to Casey is really cruel and very crude.

  16. 48 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    For all the Science Enthusiasts and the Curious Child wonders in everyone of Us at one time.

  17. 51 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    To Frack, or Not To Frack that’s the difference in the uptick in earthquakes in USA……IMHO

  18. July 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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  20. July 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  21. 61 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Calgon Please take Sen Kirk away. Thanks.

  22. 63 JER
    July 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    • 64 Nena20409
      July 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      POTUS is still in his working clothes……so more Work for the Hardest WORKING POTUS in my life time……since Nixon……those are the POTUS’ of my life time, knowingly 😉

    • July 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Where is FLOTUS? I hope she’s already there.

    • July 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      I mentioned (twice, actually) yesterday that my guess is that he will be hunkered down with as many foreign policy, military and history experts while at Camp David this weekend.

      The press won’t have PBO’s golf game to bash this weekend, so they will be napping, while a comprehensive strategy and contingency plans are being made.

  23. July 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Any chance we can see the video of the little boy introducing FLOTUS? PLEASE, pretty, please!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 73 Layla
      July 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Well Lala, nobody will be able to resist those 5 begging smiles

    • 74 Nerdy Wonka
      July 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      The video is included in the post.

      • 75 Roberta in MN
        July 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        Can’t find it Nerdy. The post only shows 18mn not the introduction. The other one would be a WH live stream and that isn’t showing anymore.

    • July 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Just advance to 1:21:00 in the video that NW kindly posted, tnmtngirl, and you’ll see his very touching introduction.

      • July 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        Thanks!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • July 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        Thanks, NW and Dr. Bob!

        The Delaware youngster was just adorable — he had to have been nervous, and was so well-dressed, a welcome change from the horror of #MH17.

        Loved when he said, “A wise Senator from Illinois…” and then repeated the most iconic phrase from Senator Obama’s 2004 keynote address… There is not a black America or a white America…

        The young man went on to say that he will work to ensure that there is not a rich America and a poor America, after saying that he packs food to take to homeless people (over 1,000 bags so far). Such an exemplary, big-hearted person who reinforced President Obama’s warning that income inequality is the biggest threat to this nation.

  24. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    July 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      July 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      It’s all so pathetic.

    • 82 Vicki
      July 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Rev. Al did a good job of covering this nightmare.
      Gov. Snyder and his GOP fellow governors are attempting a return to the Dark Ages.
      We must stop them. At The polls if not before.
      This disgrace should help Dems mobilize but what a hideous price those Detrooit citizens are paying for the misfortune of not being born rich.

    • 84 anniebella
      July 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Is everybody water being shut off? Like the Governor and the well to do people.

  25. July 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    If you’re gonna use ‘the intertubes’ you better realize that ‘deleting’ is in reality almost impossible, made even more so if what you post is going to attract attention ….

    “As this apparent admission of the downing of the plane seemed to be a smoking gun in the tragedy of the Malaysian airline, it has come under much scrutiny as possibly a “fake” or just a blog post of an unofficial Strelkov fan group that might be prone to erroneous postings.

    Yet the post was real and duplicated on many pro-separatist outlets as well as Russian and Ukrainian media sites, despite being deleted later; we have found multiple examples where it is still on line, and the Christian Science Monitor found it on the Wayback Machine.

    And the VK group was not just a fan group — from our long observation of this group and other Strelkov-related pages, we can say this group’s posts have long been cited by regional media and have been corroborated by what Strelkov himself has said in person at press conferences.

    Even more important, the very same talking points in “Strelkov’s Dispatches” were independently used by separatists interviewed by Russian state media — and most of those articles still remain online.

    So with a bit of Google forensics of news stories …. http://pressimus.com/Interpreter_Mag/press/3441

    Strelkov bragged about an act of war, for which he is the aggressor. The fact that he also committed a heinous crime against humanity is his to OWN. Period.

    • July 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      I don’t know if anyone is tried for war crimes or crimes against humanity but the UN community needs to try these terrorist and convict them as murderers, then go capture them and put them in prison or death.

  26. July 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Amazon just introduced “Kindle Unlimited”, pretty much blowing Oyster and Scribd out of the water. Access to 600K ebooks for 9.99 a month. And it works on any device, not just Kindles. (Of course, the *real* Netflix of books is still your local library.)

    With that bit of booky news, I return to my day-before-my-birthday birthday nap. (Or hell, might make a cocktail.)

  27. 91 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    The Kids and some of their moms migrating to US are not from Mexico.

    What you do to least of thee, you have done to me……

  28. 93 Cindy
    July 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I pray that the people of Detroit will mobilize and vote in 2014.

    This is inhumane and happening in America; residents water are being turned off, and you have the municipalities and corporation who all have water bills due in excess of $50,000.00 dollars – their water is not being turned off and they have not paid bills. The pastor on the Reverend Al show, gave a list of companies that have not paid, and they have water.

    The governor is preparing to vote for a $500,000.00 dollar subsidy to build a stadium; municipal employees making over $100,000.00 will receive a 5% raise. They interviewed people who have no water; can’t take a bath, warm formula for their baby, they can’t cook or “flush a toilet.”

    My Lord, when will the madness stop. These are human beings, we are in America, and we throw the least of these in the sewage? The governor is controlling this, how does he sleep at night?

    This is why we “MUST” keep our eyes on the prize; it’s 2014 that will determine how long, and I pray that its not long.

    VOTE because our lives depend on it.

  29. 95 dotster3
    July 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This is beyond revolting—-drunk, armed gunmen wouldn’t allow the European crash monitors view the crash site——bodies are still lying where they fell, personal belongings are all piled up as if on display. I cannot imagine the horror of those families knowing their beloved family members are still lying out in the field—–this is beyond indecent. Someone needs to return these bodies to their families.

  30. 98 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  31. 100 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  32. 101 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I know Al Roker has 2 kids. I remember when his wife was pregnant on GMA, 2x. I thought they were two girls.

    But this is adorable. His son, Nicky is now 12.

  33. 102 dotster3
    July 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I think this is just an outrage——that no one is being allowed to investigate this crash site or gather the bodies. Where are the Malaysian officials? It’s their plane. Where are the Dutch officials—-189 of their citizens are lying out there. Where are the European leaders, who should be putting pressure on Putin to force his rebels, or whatever they are, to allow access to this site. This is beyond understanding.


  34. 103 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  35. 104 Ladyhawke
    July 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm


    “Diplomatic efforts have made more progress on Iran’s nuclear program in the last six months than we have in the past 35 years. The finish line is within our sights. It’s time to let diplomacy work.”


  36. 105 dotster3
    July 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  37. July 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  38. 108 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Still No words from Cameron, Angela Merkel, etc.

    Belgium, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, etc

    • 109 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I would give them some time. Facts are still coming out and I suspect there will be joint statements over the course of weekend. PBO is going to Camp David for a reason, and I believe part of that would be to coordinate their various responses.

      • 110 Nena20409
        July 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        I am in agreement with you on pres Obama and his methodology.

        The NATO and EU allies have not done as well in matters right in their backyard. A little support on the world stage would make my Midwestern heart a tad calmer.

        • 111 hopefruit2
          July 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

          There may be a reason for that. Right now there is an ongoing investigation and quite a bit going on behind the scenes. I don’t find it unusual. I think PBO gave a statement today only because the US is seen as the world “leader” and he has to deal with a shitty media and opposition party. Otherwise, he has said very little and emphasized that there is still a lot that remains to be investigated. I am pretty certain that we will be hearing plenty more from NATO/EU by Monday.

      • July 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm


        The great thing about Camp David is that it’s off-limits to our treasonous MSM.

    • July 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Nena, did you listen to the speeches by the U.N. Representatives from the UK, Belgium, Australia, and Canada, at today’s meeting of the U.N. Security Council? They all came out strongly in condemnation of Russia’s apparent complicity in this criminal act that led to the death of 298 innocent people, including 80 children.

  39. July 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  40. 117 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    So here’s the official word from State on the Iran talks:

    • 118 Vicki
      July 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Not the homerun, but a solid single or double and as PBO has said games are won in many ways not just HRs.
      Well done SOS Kerry!

    • 120 anniebella
      July 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Are the wife, widow and children still fighting. You know this is just plain stupid. It is time to put the man to rest and for the fighting parties to grow up and act like they have some sense.

  41. July 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Tzar Vlad gets the recognition he’s earned ….

  42. 122 HZ
    July 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you again, Nerdy. This is so refreshing to see our beautiful First Lady with precious gems, our children of now and the future doing great things. I so love seeing young children so involved in doing great things and being invited to share, in this case with the nation and the world at the White House. Sam and his team along with so many other businesses do a great job each year with this wonderful State Dinner for Our Remarkable Children.

    Love our interaction of our brilliant President, Children and his love, our beautiful FLOTUS. They are so cute together.
    May God bless them all as they continue to encourage and inspire these beautiful young children who give all of us so much to be thankful for during these difficult times.

    Beautiful, Nerdy W. I thank you for lifting my spirit today. Chips, you give us the best of the best. {{{{{{ Love you so much}}}}}}}}HZ

  43. July 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    The Kid’s state dinner is a lovely oasis in the midst of such anguish and horror in the world. Congrats to all the kids and especially POTUS and FLOTUS for making everything move forward despite the other issues. I don’t think people realize how much planning and organization goes into each event and how many folks will be disappointed if cancelled. Some people multitask very well. You can see that FLOTUS, knowing what is happening, did not expect her husband to come in but he did. I find that particularly praiseworthy.

  44. July 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    But, these people are at war because they don’t want peace. If they wanted peace, the Israelis would start treating the Palestinians with some respect as full citizens in their own homeland. And if they wanted peace, the Palestinians would stop shooting rockets into Israel and engaging in terrorist attacks. And if we wanted peace, we Americans, then we’d stop enabling this conflict and start treating both sides equally instead as an extension of our own partisan civil war.

    The simple brutal truth of the matter is that the reason there isn’t peace in Israel is because nobody wants peace in Israel.

    Other the poor sons of bitches caught in the middle.

  45. 127 Nena20409
    July 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Hmm? I am conflicted. Why? Head Bans are allowed. For many years, shoulder and armed Shirts were banned….G’Town and Patrick Ewing in particular were/was denied this.

  46. July 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    With the Iran Talks, it’s tough bc of the Ayatollah. He’s the one vetoing all the progress. Recently he said Iran wants to develop a nuclear weapon.
    That’s not helpful.

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