Michelle Obama

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Netflix's Monday Surprise Involves Michelle Obama

It reveals it'll release the documentary 'Becoming' next month

(Newser) - Michelle Obama sold more than 11 million copies of her memoir Becoming. She could reach even more people with Becoming the documentary. In a Monday surprise, Netflix announced that it would release the film on May 6. Directed by Nadia Hallgren, the documentary shadows Obama throughout her 34-city tour to... More »

Biden Wants Michelle Obama on Board: Report

The de facto Democratic candidate wants her support

(Newser) - Michelle Obama, the VP pick? Probably not, but Fox News reports that Joe Biden's camp is talking to the former first lady about getting her endorsement and drawing her into his campaign. "We know what pretty much everyone in America does: Michelle Obama is probably the most beloved... More »

Michelle Obama Has a Gift for Children—and Parents

She'll read on-air for kids, just like Dana Perino has been doing on FoxNews.com

(Newser) - Stuck at home with the kids? Michelle Obama will be reading children's books on PBS every Monday at noon for the next month, Fox News reports. "At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I'm excited to give kids a chance to practice... More »

Obama 'Flattered' by Student Request That's Going Viral

High school senior asks former president to give a national commencement speech

(Newser) - A high school senior thinks he has a way to take some of the sting out of missing graduation ceremonies this spring. "Hi @BarackObama!" he tweeted Tuesday. Saying "it would give us great comfort to hear your voice," Lincoln Debenham of Eagle Rock High School in... More »

Michelle Obama Pushes for Expansion of Mail-in Voting

'No American should have to choose between making their voice heard and staying safe'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's voting rights group has joined a new push to expand voting-by-mail options as lockdown measures extend further into election season. The group, When We All Vote, is supporting Democratic legislation that would require states to offer absentee voting to all voters. This is the first time the... More »

Michelle Obama: Isolation Offers 'Important' Lesson

'We just don't need a lot of the stuff that we have'

(Newser) - Her show is on hiatus but Ellen DeGeneres is still interviewing celebrities, now from the comfort of her couch in Santa Barbara. Last week, she called up Adam Levine, followed by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, confessing that she was "so bored,"... More »

USDA: School Lunch Proposal Is Efficient. Critics: 'Unconscionable'

Department wants schools to be able to cut mandates on fruits and veggies, offer more pizza

(Newser) - Michelle Obama turned 56 Friday, but one unwelcome gift came in the form of a new Trump proposal that would strike further at one of her most well-known initiatives as first lady: healthier school lunches. Per the Washington Post , the Department of Agriculture on Friday released proposed mandates on "... More »

Michelle Obama's New Project Involves College Freshmen

Her new show will follow individuals' stories

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is collaborating with college students for a new show on IGTV, Instagram's app for longform videos. Media company ATTN: is producing the six-episode series, A Year of Firsts, which will follow four first-year college students from across the country. "Each of them has overcome tremendous odds... More »

Most Admired Man of the Year? A Tie Between 44, 45

Trump, Obama each get 18% of the vote

(Newser) - In perhaps a sign of the times, two men tied for most admired man of the year in Gallup's 2019 poll : The current US president, Donald Trump, and the last one, Barack Obama. Eighteen percent of US adults voted for each one, with Trump getting the vote of 45%... More »

After Trump Slam, Greta Gets Message From Michelle Obama

'Don't let anyone dim your light'

(Newser) - President Trump may think Greta Thunberg needs to "chill," but his predecessor's wife thinks the young Swedish climate activist is just fine as is. After Trump called it "ridiculous" this week that Thunberg became Time magazine's youngest ever Person of the Year, telling her to... More »

Columnist 'Saddened' by Michelle Obama's Comments

She should stop wasting any time trying to change the minds of racists, writes Charles Blow

(Newser) - When she was speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago last week, Michelle Obama lamented that the issue of "white flight" she grew up with still exists today. She said she "can't make people not afraid of black people," adding: "I can't explain... More »

She Went Viral at 2, Published a Book by 4

'Parker Looks Up,' by Parker Curry and her mom, was released Tuesday

(Newser) - Parker Curry was just 2 when a photo of her at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, went viral—and now she's 4, with a book credit under her belt. A stranger captured the toddler on film gazing up in awe at a portrait of Michelle Obama; after... More »

Casting Set for TV Portrayal of Michelle Obama

Viola Davis will portray her in Showtime series 'First Ladies'

(Newser) - It looks like Viola Davis will be the first actor to play Michelle Obama on television. The Oscar winner has signed on the play the former first lady in a new Showtime series First Ladies, from writer and executive producer Aaron Cooley. The first season of the show—which Davis... More »

Obamas Mix It Up on Summer Playlist

Drake, Beyonce, Sinatra make the cut

(Newser) - The Obama summer playlist features Drake, Beyonce, Steely Dan, and Frank Sinatra. The former president calls it "some new, some old, some fast, some slow," the AP reports. Former President Obama tweeted 44 songs Saturday that he and his wife, Michelle, have been listening to. They include Drake'... More »

Obamas' First Film for Netflix Seen as 'Anti-Trump'

An Oscar-nominated duo from Ohio directed Sundance winner 'American Factory'

(Newser) - The first project from Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions arrived on Netflix on Wednesday. American Factory , a documentary showcasing tensions between Chinese and American attitudes at an auto glass-manufacturing operation at a former General Motors plant in Ohio, comes from Dayton directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar,... More »

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,... More »

There Were Tears When Obamas Left White House

First lady had to wrap up daughters' sleepover

(Newser) - Leaving the White House in January 2017 wasn't just about turning over the presidency, Michelle Obama says. "I was moving my children out of the only house they had really grown up in," she told the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday night, per Fox News... More »

Bromance Rekindled as an Obama, a Biden Graduate

'We had a whole get together' as Sasha Obama, Maisy Biden graduated Sidwell Friends

(Newser) - Sasha Obama is all grown up and done with high school. Former President Obama, wife Michelle, and eldest daughter Malia looked on proudly Sunday as Sasha graduated from the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, a day before her 18th birthday, reports USA Today . Joe and Jill Biden were... More »

She Insulted Michelle Obama. Now, a Guilty Plea

Pamela Taylor, who called ex-first lady 'ape in heels,' admits taking money from FEMA

(Newser) - "The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster." Per a DOJ release , that's US Attorney Mike Stuart speaking on the case of Pamela Taylor, a 57-year-old from West Virginia who made headlines in 2016 for calling then-first lady Michelle Obama an "... More »

Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Grammys Appearance

Helps host Alicia Keys open the awards show

(Newser) - Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys, the AP reports. The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives. Obama's initial comments were interrupted by... More »

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