First Lady Michelle Obama taped this special video message as part of the “I’m First” project, which lifts up the stories of first-generation college students to inspire future generations. Learn more at http://www.imfirst.org/
(CNN) – 102-year-old Desiline Victor is among first lady Michelle Obama‘s guests at the State of the Union Tuesday – and her example is meant to drive home President Barack Obama’s commitment to protecting voting rights made during his inaugural address. In that speech he said, “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.”
Victor, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Haiti, waited in line for three hours to cast an early vote ballot in Florida. According to voting rights advocates who know Victor’s story, when she returned later in the day other people in line urged election officials to get her in to vote. It was her second time filling out a ballot since she became a citizen in 2005.
The president’s power to alter voting practices is limited. Only Congress has the power to create national standards. Voting rights advocates are calling for uniform rules around early voting, voter identification laws and means of registration but this cannot be done by executive action.
President Barack Obama says Hillary Rodham Clinton will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state the nation has ever seen. He tells this to Steve Kroft with Clinton sitting beside him in the Blue Room of the White House, in their first joint interview conducted today for broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Washington (CNN) — After celebrating his second inaugurationwith a throng estimated at about 800,000, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the evening at more intimate affairs: 30,000 guests at two inaugural balls.
The Obamas first swung by the Commander in Chief’s Ball, where they danced in front of a sea of cell phone cameras to Jennifer Hudson‘s performance of Al Green‘s classic “Let’s Stay Together.” They then switched partners: the first lady danced with Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Timothy D. Easterling and the president danced with an Air Force Staff Sgt. Bria D. Nelson.
Obama sang a bit of the same song at a campaign fundraiser in Harlem last year.
The first lady wore a custom, ruby-colored gown designed by Jason Wu, who also designed her inaugural gown in 2009, and the president wore a tuxedo and white tie.
The Bidens also switched partners with military members, the vice president dancing with Army Staff Sgt. Keesha Nicole Dentino and Mrs. Biden with Navy Petty Officer Patrick Figueroa. FULL ARTICLE