NEWS ABOUT: Michelle Obama

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Obamas Pay $98K in Taxes on $481K of Income

They donate $59K to charities

(Newser) - President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, according to tax returns the White House released today. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4%. The 42-page document shows the Obamas reported donating $59,251 to 32... More »

Obamas Celebrate MLK Day at Soup Kitchen

President proves he is not good at identifying taco meat

(Newser) - Barack Obama is honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals. Obama took Michelle, Sasha, and Malia to DC Central Kitchen, which is a few minutes away from the White House by presidential motorcade. They joined an assembly line... More »

Michelle Obama's New Agenda: College Access

First lady shifts attention from kids' bellies to teens' minds

(Newser) - Sorry, potentially obese children of America, Michelle Obama has a new hobby. The first lady is taking up the cause of higher education access, particularly for low-income students, the New York Times observes, an effort that could come with a greater role in shaping policy. Today, she'll speak at... More »

Why Obama Quit Smoking: 'I'm Scared of My Wife'

President caught on 'hot mic'

(Newser) - President Obama had a "hot mic moment" yesterday at the UN, and unlike a widely circulated rumor about Obama hating the 4th of July, this one is actually true. OBAMA: "I hope you've quit smoking." MAINA KIAI: "Sometimes." (Inaudible) OBAMA: "No, no, I... More »

Monument to First Lady's Ancestor Toppled

Police investigating incident in Georgia

(Newser) - Police in Georgia are investigating after a monument dedicated to one of first lady Michelle Obama's relatives was knocked over in suburban Atlanta. Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton tells WSB-TV that a stone monument to Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was pushed over and will need to be inspected... More »

Why I Heckled Michelle Obama

Gay rights advocate says first lady is a legit target

(Newser) - Ellen Sturtz got an unaccustomed turn in the national spotlight this week when she heckled Michelle Obama during a speech, only to find out that the first lady wasn't having it . In the Washington Post , Sturtz describes herself as a "gray-haired, 56-year-old lesbian" and writes that she didn'... More »

Michelle Obama Takes No Nonsense From Heckler

She tells crowd to choose who stays

(Newser) - Michelle Obama—taking a harder line on heckling than her husband tends to do—confronted a woman who interrupted her speech at a Democratic fundraiser last night, the New York Times reports. After the woman shouted about gay rights, Obama said, "One of the things I don’t do... More »

Obama's Net Worth Revealed —Kind Of

It's somewhere between $1.8M and $7M

(Newser) - President Obama's net worth could stand at a hair under $7 million ... or just $1.8 million. That range comes via his financial disclosure reports released yesterday, and USA Today sums it up perfectly: The Obamas "are wealthy, but it's uncertain just how wealthy." Their assets... More »

Obama: If Girls Get Tattoos, Michelle and I Will, Too

'We'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo'

(Newser) - NBC's Today show conducted an extensive interview with President Obama last week, covering issues such as gun control, North Korea, and immigration reform. But in between those little softballs, the president finally addressed the pressing question really facing this country: How will he and Michelle stop daughters Malia and... More »

Obamas' Income Drops ... to $609K

Slowing book sales make it lowest total of presidency

(Newser) - The White House today released the 2012 tax returns from the Obamas and the Bidens:
  • Obamas: The president and first lady earned $609,000, with 40% of that from book sales. They paid $112,214 for an effective tax rate of 18.4%, and they donated about a quarter of
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First Lady Chokes Up: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

Michelle Obama makes case for tougher gun laws in Chicago

(Newser) - Michelle Obama spoke in Chicago today about youth violence, the need for tougher gun laws, and the tragedy of Hadiya Pendleton —the black teenager from the city shot to death soon after performing at the president's inauguration. The Washington Post calls it a "rare" foray for any... More »

First Lady Calls Herself 'Busy Single Mother'

Michelle Obama quickly corrects herself in TV interview

(Newser) - A Vermont TV station's interview with the first lady is getting lots of attention for unintended reasons, notes Mediaite . In the course of talking about the demands on busy parents, Michelle Obama slipped up and referred to herself as a "busy single mother" before quickly correcting herself. The... More »

Michelle Obama: Barack Is a Sex Symbol

'He's got a little swag,' she says of the president

(Newser) - Michelle Obama was on Entertainment Tonight last night—so, needless to say, the interview covered such hard-hitting topics as her husband's "swag" and her bangs, Mediaite reports. Asked what it's like to be married to a "sex symbol," Obama replied of her husband, "He'... More »

30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

(Newser) - The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle... More »

Michelle Obama Presents Best Picture Oscar to Argo

Plus Academy Award wins for Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more

(Newser) - And they're off! After a rousing opening monologue by Seth MacFarlane , Christoph Waltz won the first award of the night: Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained. Stick with us for live updates throughout the show:
  • Best Animated Short went to Paperman, and Best Animated Feature Film went to Brave.
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First Lady to Fallon: Sorry, No Michelle-Hillary Ticket

Pair do some 'mom dancing' on the set

(Newser) - Michelle Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show last night and displayed "an uncanny ability to make the lamest dance moves look cool" as the pair spoofed "mom dancing," writes Daniel Politi at Slate . The AP notes that Fallon also asked about a "dream team—Michelle... More »

Cop Canned Over 'Police Threats' to Obama, 1st Lady

But alleged bad-boy cops also lost their jobs

(Newser) - So much for speaking up: Richmond police have fired a whistleblowing cop for claiming that two officers chatted about shooting and bombing President Obama while protecting him, Raw Story reports. The officer, who wasn't named, told WTVR last May that a supervisor had said to a police sharpshooter, "... More »

SOTU Guests: Ted Nugent, Mohawk Guy

A look at who will be attending tonight's State of the Union address

(Newser) - Who will be sitting in the audience when President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight? Well, not everyone will be a fan:
  • Ted Nugent will be there as a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, Talking Points Memo reports. Nugent wants to "counter the scams and lies
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Afghanistan Vet to Receive Medal of Honor

Clinton Romesha will join Michelle Obama at State of the Union

(Newser) - Today, President Obama will award Clinton Romesha the Medal of Honor, making the former Army staff sergeant just "the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan," the White House notes, per USA Today . Romesha was among 53 soldiers at... More »

Michelle Obama Attends Funeral of Slain Girl

Hadiya Pendleton was killed after performing at Obama inauguration

(Newser) - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service today for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet, one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best... More »

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