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Michelle Obama to attend Olympic Games openingupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 11:14:00

First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in July, she said Tuesday.

Report highlights employment burdens on military spousesupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 04:53:00

In an effort to ease high unemployment numbers among military spouses, the Obama administration plans to highlight the need to streamline occupational licensing between states.

Obama: Keep progress on trackupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 17:42:00

President Obama unveils his 2013 budget plan in front of a crowd at Northern Virginia Community College.

It's not easy being first ladyupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 09:10:00

In "The Obamas," the new book causing a stir with its speculation about the extent of the first lady's political influence, author Jodi Kantor recounts an anecdote: A young schoolgirl tells Michelle Obama that she hopes to someday become a president's wife herself one day. "Doesn't pay well," Mrs. Obama wittily cracks.

Author explains controversial Obama bookupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 09:10:00

CNN's Piers Morgan talks to author Jodi Kantor about her controversial new book "The Obamas."

Medical schools join first lady's health initiative for veteransupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 18:24:00

Two medical education groups and 130 medical schools signed on to first lady Michelle Obama's initiative to "train the nation's physicians to meet the unique health care needs of the military and veterans communities," the White House announced Wednesday.

Obama slams GOP over jobs actupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 17:57:00

Pres. Obama calls out the GOP for not debating the American Jobs Act and clears up how it will affect middle class taxes.

Obama touts jobs bill; firms pledge to hire 25,000 vets and their spousesupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 17:57:00

President Barack Obama got help from his wife and his vice president Wednesday in continuing a public pressure campaign on Republicans to join Democrats in passing his $447 billion jobs plan. What Did Michelle Obama Buy from a Target in Virginia?updated: Fri Sep 30 2011 13:50:00

The First Lady picks up dog food and toys for Bo during a recent shopping trip

First lady steps out, quietly does some shopping at Targetupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 21:01:00

She has the White House staff at her disposal, but that didn't stop first lady Michelle Obama from making a Target run in a Virginia suburb of Washington Thursday. Michelle Obama Shows Off 'Limited' Handy Skills on Extreme Makeover: Home Editionupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 16:08:00

The First Lady pitches in to help a deserving Navy veteran on the season premiere Michelle Obama to Appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Editionupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 08:31:00

The First Lady will help remodel a community center for homeless veterans

First Lady arrives in Africaupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:59:00

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports that Michelle Obama is in South Africa.

Michelle Obama meets with Mandela in South Africaupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:59:00

First lady Michelle Obama met with former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday as part of a weeklong visit to the continent, according to a spokeswoman for the first lady.

First Lady meets African womenupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 07:59:00

An African woman gets news that she is one of 75 chosen to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama. Nkepile Mabuse reports.

Michelle Obama set to inspire new generation of women leadersupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 07:59:00

When Zimbabwean-born Brendah Nyakudya started raising funds to open nursery schools in South Africa's impoverished communities six years ago, she didn't expect that one day the project would secure her a spot at the most sought-after gathering of women on the continent.

First Lady's relationship adviceupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 18:15:00

First Lady Michelle Obama gives dating advice and encourages the dreams of a group of British girls.

Michelle Obama and her daughters arrive in South Africaupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 18:15:00

First lady Michelle Obama arrived in South Africa on Monday for the start of a weeklong trip that officials have said will focus on youth leadership and education, and include meetings with key figures in the anti-apartheid struggle.

Michelle Obama's trip to southern Africa to focus on youthupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 08:14:00

First lady Michelle Obama's official trip to southern Africa next week will focus on youth leadership and education, and will include meetings with key figures in the anti-apartheid struggle.

Goodbye food pyramid, hello plateupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:33:00

Michelle Obama unveils the replacement for the food pyramid, a plate that aims to help people make better food choices.

First lady to announce replacement for food pyramidupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 08:18:00

Remember the food pyramid, the old symbol that showed us what a healthy diet looked like?

Aborted landing of first lady's plane under investigationupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:30:00

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the independent National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an aborted landing by a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama because it was too close to a military plane ahead, officials announced Wednesday.

First lady plane incident 'ridiculous'updated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:30:00

Retired airline pilot Jim Tilmon weighs in on the incident with Michelle Obama's plane and errors in the FAA system.

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden launch campaign for military familiesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 07:02:00

Starting Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, plan to visit four states in two days to raise public awareness of the needs of families of military service members. Oprah Winfrey Welcomes Michelle Obama to Showupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 09:30:00

The First Lady lauds the "strength, pride and courage" of military families on an upcoming episode

Obama announces broad new support for military familiesupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 12:35:00

President Barack Obama on Monday announced a governmentwide series of 50 programs and proposals to increase support for U.S. military families.

Enough done to help, stop suspect?updated: Tue Jan 11 2011 14:43:00

Drew Griffin reports on how and why key points were missed that may have prevented the deadly Tucson shooting.

Obamas to travel to Tucson Wednesday in wake of weekend rampageupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 14:43:00

President Obama will travel to Arizona on Wednesday in the wake of the weekend shooting there that left six people dead and 14 wounded, including a member of Congress.

Obama visits with Marines in Hawaiiupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 08:11:00

President Barack Obama shook hands with Marines, took pictures, and heard Christmas tales from eager children during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The cost of obesityupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 11:50:00

More than 1/3 of Americans are obese, and it's affecting both their health and wallet. CNN's Ali Velshi reports.

Why obesity is a national security threatupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 11:50:00

"An army travels on its stomach," said Napoleon Bonaparte.

Political Circus: Dubya could have endorsed Obama?updated: Wed Nov 10 2010 14:41:00

Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed.

Obama: Perks of the job ain't badupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:56:00

Even on days when he's jet-lagged and probably still reeling from that shellacking in the midterm election, President Obama can't help blurting out sometimes that the perks of being the commander in chief are pretty cool.

Obama starts second day in India on lighter noteupdated: Sun Nov 07 2010 21:19:00

U.S. President Barack Obama started his second day in India on a lighter note: pulling a few dance moves and celebrating a major religious festival with local students.

Obama pays tribute to Gandhiupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 16:46:00

For a man who used to hang a framed picture of Mohandas K. Gandhi in his Senate office, President Obama declared that checking out a museum honoring the Indian independence hero's legacy was "pretty cool" Saturday.

Obama in India for start of Asian tourupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 16:46:00

President meets business leaders in Mumbai, showcasing U.S.-India trade deals. CNN's Ed Henry reports.

Preston on Politics: Election marathon is now a sprintupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 14:14:00

With only 13 days remaining before Election Day 2010 and early voting already happening in several states, the midterm marathon is now a sprint as Democrats work frantically to establish a beachhead to protect their congressional majorities while Republicans hope voter anger over the economy propels them into power.

Obamas mix playful banter with hardcore political pitchupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 19:37:00

At their maiden campaign event together for the midterm election, First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama mixed playful banter with a hardcore political pitch to re-elect Democratic incumbents in Ohio and across the country.

First lady stumps in battleground statesupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 16:39:00

Michelle Obama makes an appearance in Milwaukee, stumping for Sen. Russ Feingold.

The Sweep: 'Reluctant warrior' Michelle Obama dives into midtermsupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 16:39:00

With his party's control of Congress teetering on the brink of disaster, an unpopular president decides in the final days to roll out his best asset: his wife, whose own approval ratings soar 20 percentage points higher than his. Michelle Obama, Nick Jonas Team Up - for Fitnessupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 12:31:00

The First Lady and the Disney Channel heartthrob are promoting a new health initiative

Michelle Obama urges businesses, non-profits to hire war veteransupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 17:32:00

America's returning soldiers are an untapped resource of skilled and experienced leaders who can help the Clinton Global Initiative meet its goals, Michelle Obama said Thursday in a speech at the annual meeting of the group, started by former President Bill Clinton.

Bruni denies Michelle Obama likened White House life to 'hell'updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 06:27:00

France's first lady Carla Bruni denied Monday that her U.S. counterpart ever told her that life in the White House was "hell."

Michelle Obama honors Flight 93 heroesupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 12:59:00

First Lady Michelle Obama honors the victims of Flight 93 at the 9/11 memorial site in Pennsylvannia.

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to jointly mark terror attack anniversaryupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 09:27:00

First lady Michelle Obama will join former first lady Laura Bush on September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the National Park Foundation.

The tricky path forward for Michelle Obamaupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 13:16:00

To some she is a self-made woman and a global superstar.

Obama: 'Our job is not finished'updated: Sun Aug 15 2010 15:55:00

President Obama addresses Gulf workers, thanking them for their efforts and outlining the response plan going forward.

Obamas take boat tour on Florida Panhandle tripupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 15:55:00

President Barack Obama toured the waters off Panama City Beach by boat on Sunday as he capped a weekend visit aimed at sparking a recovery in the region hard-hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Michelle Obama gets heat for Spain tripupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 05:44:00

Was it in bad taste for the first lady to take a vacation to Spain with the American economy in its current state?

Obama celebrates birthday with a guys' weekendupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 05:44:00

While the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha were away for part of the weekend, President Barack Obama enjoyed what some have jokingly referred to as a bachelor's weekend with friends -- golfing, playing basketball and grilling out on the South Lawn. Michelle Obama Wants You to Eat Your Vegetablesupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 11:52:00

The First Lady is bringing balance to the White House in her new Let's Move initiative

Obama shares 'View' on media, family, even Snookiupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 20:33:00

President Obama wasted no time in an interview on ABC's "The View" to pounce on the media for providing a culture that "loves conflict."

Obama to appear on daytime talk show 'The View'updated: Mon Jul 26 2010 10:26:00

President Barack Obama will appear on the daytime talk show "The View" Thursday.

Michelle Obama unveils preventative care guidelinesupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 18:13:00

Cost savings could be coming this fall to a doctor's office near you. First lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday a plan for free preventative health care services, a part of the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect in September.

Kid to Mrs. Obama: My mom has no papersupdated: Wed May 26 2010 12:30:00

A second grader asks first lady Michelle Obama about her mom being taken away because she "doesn't have papers."

Feds won't act on child's question to first ladyupdated: Wed May 26 2010 12:30:00

Immigration officials will not swoop in to deport a woman whose daughter asked first lady Michelle Obama about "taking people away" if they don't have proper paperwork, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said Thursday.

State dinner for Mexico's presidentupdated: Thu May 20 2010 09:37:00

A look back at President Obama's state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

U.S., Mexican presidents say key issues must be tackled togetherupdated: Thu May 20 2010 07:41:00

Politically sensitive issues such as immigration, border security, drug trafficking and trade took center stage in Washington on Wednesday as President Obama welcomed his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, to the White House.

Calderon: 'My job is risky'updated: Thu May 20 2010 07:41:00

Mexico's Pres. Felipe Calderon talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about Mexico's latest violence and his own safety. Malia and Sasha Obama's Workout: Wii Fit - and Riding Bikesupdated: Wed May 19 2010 19:08:00

"At our house, we talk to our girls about exercise a lot," says their mom

Obama's speech at Correspondents' Dinnerupdated: Mon May 03 2010 13:27:00

President Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

First lady's first tweetupdated: Mon May 03 2010 13:27:00

It was my first chance to spend some quality time at dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama, so I decided to do what my pal Ali Velshi would probably do in the same situation: get her hooked on Twitter.

First lady Obama arrives in Mexicoupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 23:36:00

Michelle Obama arrived in Mexico City at the start of her first solo official trip as first lady. Michelle Obama in a Tie for Tallest First Ladyupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 15:48:00

Eleanor Roosevelt was also 5' 11," a good seven inches above Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan Michelle Obama to Guest Star at Nick Kids' Awardsupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 14:11:00

The First Lady will deliver a message about her "Let's Move" exercise campaign

First lady: Childhood obesity fight is about fitness, not looksupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:49:00

Michelle Obama says her call for the country to fight childhood obesity isn't about physical appearances, but rather quality of life.

Obama: Improve school lunchesupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:49:00

Michelle Obama answers a question about the importance of improving food at schools submitted by iReporter Amie Hamlin.

'Doing nothing not an option'updated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:41:00

Michelle Obama says that congress has to pass a health care reform bill because "doing nothing is not an option."

First lady on health care: 'Doing nothing ... not an option'updated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:41:00

Michelle Obama expressed confidence Tuesday that Congress will enact some sort of change to improve the nation's health care system.

Michelle Obama's war on childhood obesityupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 15:34:00

The convenience store near my house is where I first became aware of the problem.

Obama calls for unified effort to confront nation's problemsupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 05:00:00

Citing a "deficit of trust" in government by the American people, President Obama's first State of the Union address urged Congress to erode the influence of special interests and work together to confront the nation's most pressing problems.

State of the Union previewupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 05:00:00

CNN's Tony Harris asks a White House insider for a look at the President's first State of the Union address.

Obama delivers his first State of the Union addressupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 23:07:00

10:20 Address ends with Obama calling on Americans to "seize this moment -- to start anew, to carry the dream forward and to strengthen our union once more"

Most favorable: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton win out over presidentupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 14:02:00

President Obama may be the most popular man in his administration, but according to a new national poll, he's not the most popular person.

The 10 most intriguing people of 2009updated: Tue Dec 29 2009 13:05:00

The following is a list of the top 10 people who made the year 2009 in the United States memorable. It was compiled by CNN editor Jay Kernis, who acknowledges that it is entirely subjective. Kernis puts together a list each weekday of intriguing people, which runs on

Obama to spend 26 hours in Norway, pick up Nobel Peace Prizeupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 13:50:00

President Obama -- fighting wars in two countries -- will arrive in Norway on Thursday to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Obamas Recycle Ornaments from Christmas Pastupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 08:30:00

The First Lady plans an understated and "green" holiday at the White House

Obama holiday previewupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 03:49:00

The first lady unveils White House holiday decorations and theme: "Reflect, Rejoice and Renew."

Michelle Obama previews White House's holiday lookupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 03:49:00

Unveiling the White House Christmas tree and holiday decorations, first lady Michelle Obama explained Wednesday why she chose this year's theme, "Reflect, Rejoice and Renew."

Racist Obama image shines light on Web searchingupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 13:52:00

When a racist image of first lady Michelle Obama surfaced from the ugliest corners of the Internet last week to top Google's image search results, the episode shined a spotlight on the mysterious workings of search engines.

Google apologizes for results of 'Michelle Obama' image searchupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 00:47:00

For most of the past week, when someone typed "Michelle Obama" in the popular search engine Google, one of the first images that came up was a picture of the American first lady altered to resemble a monkey.

Obama's first state dinner blends pageantry with politicsupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 11:13:00

President Obama toasted a growing U.S. friendship with India at the first state dinner of his administration Tuesday, an evening of regal pageantry and symbolic politics in a tent on the White House South Lawn.

Singh goes to Washingtonupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 11:13:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria speaks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is visiting Washington.

'It's never too late to say thank you,' Obama tells veteransupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 22:34:00

President Obama paid tribute Wednesday to those who have lost their lives in the nation's wars as well as to the men and women who currently serve.

Obama honors troopsupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 22:34:00

President Obama pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in the nation's wars and those who currently serve. Michelle Obama Helps Sesame Street Mark the Big 4-0updated: Mon Nov 09 2009 12:37:00

The First Lady and Elmo plant vegetables, while Big Bird makes note of Mrs. O's height

'Iron Chef' goes to Washingtonupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 16:19:00

The first lady of the United States has opened up the White House to the Food Network in an episode of "Iron Chef America" that will air in January.

Commentary: Tracing Michelle Obama's roots -- and yoursupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:44:00

Last week a New York Times article reported that Michelle Obama's great-great-great grandparents were a white man and a slave whom he impregnated. This story highlights the growing importance of genealogy in America.

White House mum on Michelle Obama dollupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 21:33:00

The White House said it had no comment Monday in response to the upcoming release of a new Michelle Obama action-figure doll. Michelle Obama: I'm in the Best Shape - at 45updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 11:08:00

The First Lady's workout starts at 4:30 a.m. with variations of Pilates, cardio, stretching and weights

Obama plans trip to Denmark to seek Olympicsupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 17:54:00

President Obama will travel this week to Copenhagen, Denmark, to make a big push for holding the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Chicago, Illinois, the White House said Monday.

Mrs. Obama on health insuranceupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 17:16:00

Michelle Obama talks about how health insurance helped her father and daughter.

Michelle Obama could be secret weapon in health care reformupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 17:16:00

She stood by her husband throughout the contentious 2008 presidential campaign and during heated health care reform debates during his presidency.

Commentary: Michelle Obama's smart fashion choicesupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 14:54:00

In just 200 days, Michelle Obama has put her own stamp on one of America's most unusual political positions -- the unelected, undefined job of being first lady. And the way she's done it? It's largely through the fashion choices she's made.

Obama on 9/11: 'No words can ease the ache of your hearts'updated: Fri Sep 11 2009 17:48:00

President Obama spoke at the Pentagon on Friday to those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, telling them no words would heal their pain yet calling for a renewed resolve against the ones who attacked the country eight years ago.

Is U.S. safe from al Qaeda?updated: Fri Sep 11 2009 17:48:00

Al Qaeda has adapted to recent defensive steps. CNN national security adviser Frances Townsend analyzes the situation.

Laura Bush praises Obama, bemoans excessive partisanshipupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 10:38:00

Former first lady Laura Bush praised the performance of her husband's successor Monday, breaking with many Republicans in telling CNN that she thinks President Obama is doing a good job under tough circumstances.

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