Saturday, April 30, 2011

Photos: Michelle Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

First lady Michelle Obama at shown here at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner in
tonight along with President Obama.

Spotted: Valerie Jarrett and Arianna Huffington at the White House Correspondents' Kickoff Party

Spotted yesterday at the People/TIME Magazine White House Correspondents' dinner at the St. Regis Hotel was Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and Huffington Post/AOL CEO Arianna Huffington. The events for the White House Correspondents' Dinner is officially under the way with the President speaking at the main event tonight.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photo of the Day: Female Heads of State

I came across this picture today and absolutely loved it. Glamour did a special last winter on women leaders around globe and put together this awesome picture. Don't you just love women in control?

The women listed include 11 of the world’s 18 female leaders.
From top: Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany; President Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica; Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, Slovakia; Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago.Middle Row, from left: President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania; Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh; Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland; Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, Croatia. Bottom Row, from left: President Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan; President Tarja Halonen, Finland; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia.

Those not pictured:
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina; Prime Minister Mari Johanna Kiviniemi, Finland; President Borjana Krišto, Bosnia and Herzegovina; President Doris Leuthard, Switzerland; President Pratibha Patil, India; Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australia; President Mary McAleese, Ireland.

If you want to find out more about these women, visit Glamour

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Photo of the Day: Obamas attend Easter church services

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha attend Easter church service at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., April 24. (Pete Souza)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hillary Clinton and Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Hold "Conversations on Diplomacy"

State Department
Hillary Clinton took part in a discussion with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger called "Conversations in Diplomacy” yesterday at the State Department. The conversation was moderated by Charlie Rose, and the two top foreign officials discussed life serving as America’s top diplomat.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TV Roundup: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden visit The View, Sesame Street, and the Gayle King Show

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have been on television the past couple of days continuing their outreach for military families. They were on The View on Monday, and Sesame Street and the Gayle King Show yesterday.

Meet Buthayna Kamel, Egypt's First Female Presidential Candidate

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
According to NPR, Egypt is nominating a woman for the first time to run for president. Buthanyna Kamel, will officially be on the ballet later this year. 

From NPR: 
The 49-year-old talk show host turned presidential candidate is currently on the campaign trail. She recently held a town hall gathering outside the main library in Egypt's famous southern city of Luxor. Not long ago, a gathering for people to vent their frustrations about the government — let alone discuss Kamel's presidential aspirations — would have been impossible. In the past, only candidates approved by Mubarak and rubber-stamped by his Parliament could run. Egyptians were convinced Mubarak was grooming his son, Gamal, to take over once he retired.

This is such great news. Egyptian women played such a pivotal role in overthrowing Hosni Murbank, that I hope this is the first step, in many steps of improving women's rights in the country.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Photos: Hillary Clinton speaks at the US - Islamic World Forum

State Department

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke on Tuesday night at the U.S. - Islamic World Forum. During her speech that evening, she decried the marginalization of women in Islamic countries. She also urged the countries to provide a stronger role for women to play in politics as well. 
“You cannot have a claim to democracy if half the population is left out,” she said. “All over the world we see living proof that Islam and women’s rights are compatible.”

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden 'Join Forces' with Martha Stewart and Jessica Simpson to help military families

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden began their trip around the country yesterday to talk about their new initiative, "Joining Forces' spotlighting America's military families.

What is wrong with this picture? Nancy Pelosi is the only woman at budget talks at White House

Can women have a seat at the table, please? Pres. Obama hosted a meeting with the House and Senate leadership on the budget policy at the White House on Wednesday. These photos stuck out in mind because Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the only woman at the table! This photo just really minds me how important it is for women to become more involved in politics.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photos: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launch 'Joining Forces' for military families

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launched "Joining Forces" yesterday to support America's military families. The two gathered at the White House yesterday with their husbands, Pres. Obama and Joe Biden, as well with other top military officials for the official launch.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden cover Parade Magazine

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden cover this week's Parade Magazine. The article focuses on the duo's new initiative aimed at helping military families. The issue hits stands on Sunday. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Video: Ex-White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers talks about her time at White House

Ex-Social Secretary Desiree Rogers sat down with ABC News recently about her time at the White House. Airing tonight on 'NightLine', Ms. Rogers reflected upon her time as part of the Obama administration and the now infamous Sahali scandal.

One of the biggest admissions she made the interview was that if she had a chance to do it all over again she would have done less press.
Rogers also was chastised for doing magazine cover profiles, including one for the Wall Street Journal magazine in August 2009, in which she discussed how she was selling "the Obama brand." She admitted she now regrets the attention. "I would have declined more interviews that were brought to me," she said. "I'm not certain what the fascination was with me in particular. ... I think, you know, we could have managed all of that better." - Desiree Rogers

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Vicki Kennedy and family attend groundbreaking ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and family are showing at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston on Friday. The site is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Other members of the Kennedy family were also there including Ted Kennedy Jr. and his wife Kiki, Kara Kennedy Allen and Kara's children Max Allen and Grace Allen, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, former ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her husband Edwin Schlossberg. Also shown above helping Mrs. Kennedy shove dirt are former U.S. Senator Paul Kirk, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Photos: Michelle Obama speaks at 2011 Military Child of the Year event

First lady Michelle Obama spoke last evening at the Operation Homefront "2011 Military Child of the Year" award ceremony in Arlington, Virgina. Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization that assists military families, honored five outstanding military children - one from each Service - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. In line with this, Mrs.Obama and Jill Biden will also announce a new military family iniatitive next week.

Democratic Women Senators fight back against Republicans

Democratic women senators gathered today on Capitol Hill to make remarks on Republican attempts to introduce women's health issues like Planned Parenthood and abortions into the budget negotiations. With less than 7 hours until a federal shutdown will happen, women's health issues remain one of divisions up for debate. Spotted at the press conference were Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (WA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Patty Murray(D-WA).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Photo of the Day: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden welcome military spouses to White House

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden greet participants during a roundtable meeting with military spouses, veterans, and volunteers to discuss the military families initiative, in Dr. Biden’s office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 6. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Photo of the Day: Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner side by side

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker House John Boehner of Ohio were spotted standing next to each other during a news conference on Capitol Hill today. They were there to welcome Israeli President Shimon Peres.after long meetings earlier today on the budget.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz named new ChairWOMAN of the DNC

A woman at the top! It was announced earlier today that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) will become the new Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She will be replacing the current chairman Tim Kaine, who is stepping down to run for Senate in Virginia.

I must say I am totally psyched for this! Rep. Wasserman Schultz is finally getting a chance to show the entire country what she is made of. Now, we just need her gal pal, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to get better so she can run for Senate in Arizona! Total Girl Power!

From the LA Times:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida will succeed Tim Kaine as chair of the Democratic National Committee, placing a rising female lawmaker from a key swing state into one of the most prominent surrogate roles for the Obama reelection campaign. Currently a party vice chair, Wasserman Schultz, 44, was the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Florida, and she is serving her fourth term representing the state's 20th Congressional District. She will continue to serve in the House.Vice President Joe Biden announced the selection in an email to Democratic supporters Tuesday evening, praising "her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity." "President Obama expressed great admiration for her as a leader, and he was honored that she accepted this important challenge on behalf of the Democratic Party," Biden wrote. "No one should have any doubt that Debbie will work hard to strengthen our party and our country."

Caroline Kennedy released her new book 'She Walks in Beauty'

Caroline Kennedy released her new book, 'She Walks in Beauty' today. The daughter of former president John F. Kennedy, Jr. and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has published this new poetry book filled with reflections on her life as a woman, wife, and mother. The book is divided into different sections that highlight some of the most important parts of a woman's life like hitting age milestones or having your first baby. This is Kennedy's third book. She previously edited two other poetry books, "A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children" and "The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson featured in Time Magazine

Time Magazine recently asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson ten questions on its website. Ms. Jackson has been in the news a lot lately with many members of Congress demanding more oversight of her agency and even threatening to defund it. She spoke with the magazine about those issues and several others in light of the controversy.

From Time:

Two of your Republican predecessors recently wrote that the EPA is "under siege" from the GOP. Is there a war against the EPA? There are certainly some members of Congress who have come in with an agenda that includes this agency. We hear words like scaling back and defunding.A key point of contention is EPA regulations that could be coming on greenhouse gases.
What is the EPA looking to do on this issue? We're talking about updating standards under the Clean Air Act to address pollution. Although I joined the President in calling for legislation, that doesn't mean we can't get started using the Clean Air Act to take a series of moderate steps that would add up to real reduction. 
Why should the EPA be regulating carbon?Because it's the law. The Clean Air Act and Supreme Court cases have said the EPA must determine whether greenhouse gases endanger public health. We have determined, based on multiple lines of scientific evidence, that they do.

You can read the rest of the questions here.

Spotted: Condoleezza Rice at the Women's NCAA Final Four

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was spotted sitting with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels at the women's NCAA Final Four. The college basketball game was between Texas A&M and Stanford in Indianapolis oSunday. Ms. Rice sure does love her sports!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Politicos celebrate the life of Geraldine Ferraro at funeral yesterday

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