First Lady Michelle Obama will give a commencement address at Virginia Tech on May 11. The White House commented that Mrs. Obama said yes to the university's request because she was "inspired by the resilience of the student body and community working together to support each other during difficult times". (Virginia Tech was the scene of the deadliest shooting in U. S history when a lone gunman killed 33 people in 2009.) Previously, the university had announced Senator Mark Warner (D,VA) would be the keynote speaker but he offered to "share the podium" with Mrs. Obama after the university indicated they had approached the First Lady. Also on Mrs. Obama's schedule are commencement speeches at North Carolina A&T and Oregon State University where her brother, Craig Robinson, is the men's basketball coach.
Kids from two elementary schools in Washington, D.C. as well as children from elementary schools in Ames, Iowa, Chester, Pennsylvania and Greensboro, North Carolina will help First Lady Michelle Obama plant her Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House tomorrow. This is the fourth annual spring planting of the garden. Children who received an invitation wrote letters to the First Lady about their own gardening experience.
If you missed out on the opportunity to enter the lottery to attend the 134th White House Easter Egg Roll you may have another chance. Followers of First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative Let's Move on Facebook and/or Tweeter are invited to sign up for a chance to attend the event. Register at WhiteHouse.gov/tweetup. Registration is open from 6 p.m. EST, Friday, March 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 27. To follow Let's Move go to Letsmove.gov.
The beehive on the South Lawn of the White House is buzzing as the hive continues to thrive with new bee boxes added recently in preparation for the spring planting of the First Lady's KItchen Garden, which will take place next week. The beehive, which is located next to the Kitchen Garden, is a first for the White House. The output of the hive continues to increase yearly and the amount of honey produced has nearly doubled from the initial yield of 124 lbs in 2009. The honey is used in White House menus and given as gifts to visiting dignitaries.
Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny of Ireland will accompany President Obama and Vice President Biden to a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol today. In the evening the President and First Lady will hold a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House.
This afternoon in New York City First Lady Michelle Obama was bowling for dollars in an Obama for America bowling event hosted by Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants. The White House has a bowling alley so I suspect the First Lady was up to the challenge.
On this day in 1837 a future U.S. president was born. His name was Grover Cleveland and he was the only president to be elected to two non-consecutive terms. Despite that feat he disliked crowds and speechmaking and he despised the press. During his first presidential campaign in 1884 the press unearthed a story that Cleveland had fathered a child out of wedlock 10 years previously. An alcoholic widow claimed that Cleveland, who was a bachelor at the time, was the father of her son although she had been intimate with other men, all married. When the scandal surfaced in the papers Grover Cleveland did not deny it and went on to support mother and child financially. Eventually the widow's alcoholism worsened and he arranged to have the boy adopted. Grover Cleveland went on to win the presidency by a narrow margin--the first Democrat to win in nearly a quarter century.
In celebration of President Obama's Irish roots (his maternal great-great-great grandfather) President Obama's re-election campaign is offering a fundraising item in the form of a green T-shirt with the logo "O'Bama" with a shamrock in the design (pictured here). This new item joins the Obama Birth Certificate Mug with the inscription "Made In America" which also celebrates the President's roots.