February 24th, 2011
04:58 PM ET
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.
The event, which welcomed more than 100 students from California, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., honored musical VIPs such as Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and John Legend—and, even featured a performance by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brother’s. Despite these and other high profile guests welcomed regularly by Mrs. Obama, she says that none have had as profound an impact on her as the young people she has hosted at The White House.
“We do all of this because we believe that the people’s house shouldn’t be just a nickname. We believe that Prime Ministers and VIP’s shouldn’t be the only ones who feel comfortable walking through these doors. We feel like everyone should feel like they belong here—sitting right here in the State Dining Room,” Mrs. Obama proclaimed.
Before handing off the microphone to the event moderator Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum, Michelle Obama encouraged the students one last time to dream big and remember that they too could go far in life. “I hope you realize through this experience that no one here is any different than you all are. Whether Smokey Robinson or John Legend— or me or my husband—because we are all reflected in you, we see ourselves in you.”