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.

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.”

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Buzz • White House

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Zach Davidson

    It is great to see the first lady opening up the doors to young Americans. Great article!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    This has to be the most condescending person to occupy the White House. At an event to honor musical VIPs she wants to assure the mass of little people that she sees her self in them. Dream big and one day you can become a someone like me. I just can not imagine her being warm and welcoming to anyone other than a Democrat with a check.

    Why does The First Date always look angry, is she is in pain or just does not enjoy her responsibilities?

    February 25, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    She doesn't enjoy enjoy her 'responsibilities'?!? You HATE the 'fact' that she IS enjoying her role as THE FIRST LADY; is TOO, enjoying very much her responsibilities, and performing them excellently! She doesn't look angry to me! However, if she is the least bit angry, it's probably coming from reading your perpetual condescending blogs against her, and she hasn't done a thing to you nor does she even KNOW you! You are a pure hater, Jay and anyone in their right minds can see that! You are a piece of work!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bill

      Jay, please read this post ... it will show you a true master of condescending ability. Liz is truly an artist.....

      February 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  4. kb in NY

    Awwwwww do we have another disgruntled republican that mistakes "strong" for "angry"? The most condescending person to ever occupy the White House was BUSH–"KATRINA"!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Bill

      I would disagree.... LBJ was fairly competent and so was WJC..... Our current president is, hosever, an outstanding example of a complete and total lack of respect tor any establisment. I am sure that you don't know on what I base my statement.... But he is the first President to openly denigrate a police department..... Not bad for condescension.... LOL

      February 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
      • Bill

        oh... also he directed the AG to not pursue d-e a- t h thre@ts at a polling place.

        February 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  5. Boris Salasar

    The jonas brothers are great because they are very talented and good looking too. ,

    My current blog

    November 5, 2012 at 10:05 am |