FLOTUS on the White House: "everyone should feel like they belong here"
February 24th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

FLOTUS on the White House: "everyone should feel like they belong here"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama told a group of students today that she and the President are committed to an “open door policy” at The White House. In an introductory speech to today’s music series event, "The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown,” the First Lady told students that she believes the White House should always be accessible to everyone.

“When we moved to this house a couple of years ago we wanted to open these doors as wide as we could. Especially for young people like you and this music series is one of the ways that we’re going to do that,” said the First Lady.

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Topics: Michelle Obama • The Buzz • White House
February 24th, 2011
03:09 PM ET

Shrieks in the State Dining Room (OMG!)

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted more than 100 students from across the country today at the White House to take part in a workshop called “The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown.”

According to a White House release, the interactive event focused on the history and legacy of Motown, and featured performers who will be on hand at a concert later this evening to celebrate Black History Month.

Students got to hear from musical greats like Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and John Legend. Then, at the conclusion of the event, there was one more surprise guest.

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Topics: Michelle Obama • The Buzz • The Family
February 24th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Huckabee: "I have no disagreement with President Obama as a human being"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Just after defending and praising Michelle Obama, potential GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee had some more nice things to say about another member of the Obama family during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

"I have no disagreement with President Obama as a human being.  In fact, I will go so far to say one of the things I respect very much is the role model that he has served as a husband and father," Huckabee said.

The former reverend then went one step further, saying President Obama serves as a good role model for the nation.

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Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • The Buzz
Picture of the week
February 24th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Picture of the week

President Obama departs the Grand Foyer of the White House with Secretary of State Clinton, after making his first public statement on Libya.

February 24th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

White House on Texas arrest

The White House just issued a statement on the Texas arrest of Saudi national Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari on a federal terror charge.

From spokesman Nick Shapiro:

The President was informed about the operation by John Brennan prior to the arrest. This arrest once again underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism here and abroad. The President thanks the FBI, Department of Justice, and the rest of our law enforcement, intelligence and Homeland Security professionals who continue to keep us safe and who once again have served with extraordinary skill and with the commitment that their enormous responsibilities demand.


Topics: President Obama • The News
Huckabee weighs in on recent Michelle Obama criticism
February 24th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Huckabee weighs in on recent Michelle Obama criticism

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Mike Huckabee, the former and quite possibly future Republican presidential candidate, has come out once again in support of Michelle Obama's anti-obesity program after a series of attacks on the program launched by conservatives.

Huckabee, who has publicly battled weight issues himself, told a group of reporters at a meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that "her approach is the right one," and that she has been "criticized unfairly" by conservatives.

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Topics: Michelle Obama • The Buzz