WASHINGTON (CNN) – 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.
The tour marks the launch of "Joining Forces," a new initiative to encourage institutions, businesses and individuals to do more to help military families. Obama and Biden are scheduled to make stops in North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, and Ohio.
The first lady and Biden will be joined at various stops by such celebrities as Jessica Simpson, Nick Jonas, Martha Stewart and the cast of Sesame Street.
"This campaign is about all of us," said Obama at a Tuesday White House ceremony, "all of us joining together, as Americans, to give back to the extraordinary military families who serve and sacrifice so much, every day, so that we can live in freedom in security."
The first lady and Biden were joined by their husbands at the ceremony.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two of President Obama’s cabinet secretaries headed to Philadelphia on Monday to promote community involvement in promoting community colleges.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis led the first of four regional meetings, which is a continuation of President Obama’s White House Summit on Community Colleges last October.
Monday’s gathering brought together community leaders and students at the Community College of Philadelphia to discuss ways members of the academic, business, and labor communities can help to increase the completion rates at community colleges. FULL POST
From the White House
On Sunday at 8am ET, Dr. Jill Biden will officially kick off the 35th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA. Prior to the race start, Dr. Biden will visit with Marathon participants, including the hand cyclist and wheelchair participants. The mission of the Marine Corps Marathon is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name, “The People’s Marathon.” The MCM is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world.
October 26, 2010
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
*AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY*
Thank you, Brigadier General Miller for that warm introduction. And thank you to Maria for the invitation to be here today and to all of the organizers who have worked so hard to make this event possible.
It is wonderful to stand before such an amazing group of women. I am excited to join you and I’m especially happy to be here with my wonderful partner and dear friend, First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle and I have been on an amazing journey together, partnering on issues related to military families, and supporting each other on issues like education, childhood obesity, and women’s health. We have been so inspired by the tremendous spirit and dedication of the amazing people we’ve met in our travels across this country.