Michelle Obama: happy birthday Dr. Seuss!
First Lady Michelle Obama with Librarian of Congress James Billington, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, Education Secretary Arne Duncan (not pictured) and the Cat in the Hat at the kick-off for Read Across America Wednesday.
March 2nd, 2011
03:21 PM ET

Michelle Obama: happy birthday Dr. Seuss!

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "I do not like green eggs and ham!" exclaimed first lady Michelle Obama Wednesday at the Library of Congress.  No this wasn't the latest round in her mission to eliminate obesity in America but instead a push to get children to read.

Mrs. Obama along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan celebrated the 107th birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss by reading one of his most popular books, "Green Eggs and Ham," to more than 300 elementary school children at a Read Across America event.

Wearing festive red and white stovetop hats, from another Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat," the first through third graders sat in rapt attention as the first lady theatrically read her part.

President Obama issued a proclamation declaring March 2nd Read Across America Day. Mrs. Obama confided to the children that the first family reads all the time. "The president is a reader. We call him the fact-guy because he reads so much. He knows facts about everything," she said.The National Education Association sponsors the annual event and predicts more than 45 million teachers, parents and kids will participate through various events across the country showcasing the love of reading. Education Secretary Duncan urged the kids to read not only for their homework but for fun too. "If you become lifelong readers you can do anything you want to do," he said.

Joined by the Cat in the Hat along with Thing One and Thing Two from the Seuss tale, Mrs. Obama waded into the crowd of elementary school children, hugging many.

The children, from schools in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, later were read stories from dozens of sports, television and media celebrities including Jessica Alba and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver among others.

Topics: Michelle Obama • The News

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. lor

    None of her separates ever match–horrible color combo!

    March 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  2. lor

    total clash of colors and that's never attractive–very sloppy

    March 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  3. Jay in NC

    The First Date spent more time with The Cat in the Hat than she did with Barry on his birthday.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Do you really care about that Jay? If PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA doesn't mind, what business is it of yours?You keep bringing it up! Are you divisive enough to think or hope they will divorce over that? You haven't shown any signs of empathy nor sympathy towards the PRESIDENT on anything else, now have you? You haven't been worried about anything else he's been faced with! Oh, but you're so worried about Michelle Obamas' 'Cat In The Hat' birthday celebration! All you ever do otherwise, is denigrate PRES OBAMA!

    March 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      I have posted many times that I feel sorry for Barry. I think she does not treat him the way she should. She is to hung up on her own needs (Spain is an example) and not his or the our country. It is a shame that someone with such responsibility does not have the support of his family. All of this is why I call her The First Date. It highlights what the poor guy has to deal with.

      Devoicing? I do not know if it would be better or not. They both have talked and wrote about coming close to divorcing. Barry said that this was the first time that the family lived in the same house. It must be quite the adjustment. If she does not want to be part of his family then maybe she should go. But don't expect it to happen until the end of his presidency. She enjoys the perks way too much.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You don't feel sorry for PRES OBAMA on anything, inside the WHITEHOUSE or out. The first thing is, your justification 'fabrication' for excusing what you originally posted about the 'Cat In The Hat' birthday, doesn't cut the mustard! 'Barry said that this was the first time that the family lived in the same house'?!? That he doesn't get the support he needs from his own family?!? Lies! There you go; lying again! Where do you get this garbage? They have always lived together and that woman LOVES her husband!

    March 3, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Jay in NC

      No, he does not get the support he deserves and The First Date does not love him. It is clear.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:44 am |
    • Notfooled

      @Jay-It is clear in your mind only. You need help. Perhaps your lady has left you?

      March 4, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  6. Charles Volcher

    Gee I didn't know that Janet Napolatano (sp) moonlighted as The Cat In The Hat

    March 4, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  7. Jay in NC

    According to the NY Times, October 26, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/magazine/01Obama-t.html?pagewanted=all

    “This is the first time in a long time in our marriage that we’ve lived seven days a week in the same household with the same schedule, with the same set of rituals,” Michelle Obama pointed out. (Until last November they had not shared a full-time roof since 1996, two years before Malia was born.)

    They were married on October 3, 1992 by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
    Lived together for about 4 years and then apart for 13 years.
    This is the first time they have shared a house as a family.

    I am not lying, this 'garbage' comes from Barry and The First Date and reported by the New York Times.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:42 am |
    • Notfooled

      If this was true it would be on every channel ,every newspaper, every magazine, every book, all over the internet, do you get the picture? Such B.S. you do get the prize of the day though for such B.S.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:13 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Well you can read for your self at nytimes website.
        The Obamas’ Marriage, October 26, 2009

        Or your can listen to the NPR program The Take Away.
        An Intimate Look at the Obamas , Thursday, October 29, 2009

        March 4, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Notfooled; Jay seems to THRIVE on anything that could possibly be construed negatively by the uninformed masses and the stonewalling haters as the truth! He'll take anything, any word said by the PRESIDENT or his wife, usually already edited by the media, and blow it up into something bigger than it is! Whether it's about his good work as PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES or his private life, he digs to find something he could twist to make a mountain out of a molehill! He's like a DEVILS' ADVOCATE of sorts!

    March 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Notfooled

      @Liz---Yes I know. I think he has some real problems of his own.

      March 6, 2011 at 3:49 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Notfooled, you are the one that said that this was BS. Well if you took the time to read the NY Times story (they have a recording of The First Date talking about this) and took the time to listen to NPR you would know that it is not BS.
        Will you ever apologize for being wrong? Now you both want to claim that I am the own with a problem. Get real, you both are in such denial over this couple. I am only stating the facts. You two are the ones that can not handle the truth.

        March 6, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Notfooled; LOL! Will you ask Jay to read my last response to you about this, please. I've told him before, many, many times that 'facts' are not always the 'truth'!

    March 7, 2011 at 6:54 am |
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