Our new first family promised to make the White House accessible to more people and on Wednesday, Michelle Obama did just that by inviting 200 6th and 7th graders to a Black History Month celebration in the East Wing. Mrs. Obama talked to them about how slaves built the White House, how the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Lincoln in the bedroom named after him and how civil right leaders met in the White House with Kennedy and Johnson to discuss ending segregation. She also encouraged them to work hard, "put your best foot forward, even when no one is looking" and to help out at home with chores.
The children also got to hear from Stephen Rochon, the first African American to be named chief usher and director of the executive residence and were entertained by the Grammy Award winning group Sweet Honey in the Rock. First daughters Sasha and Malia also attended the event.
In case you haven't guessed this already, I love our new First Family. I think the president is doing a terrific job, and I absolutely love having such a beautiful and most of all smart woman in the White House. She is a wonderful wife, mother, and role-model for all women.