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Michelle Obama Tells Jimmy Fallon Young People Are ‘Knuckleheads’ Who Need Obamacare


First Lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that young people need health insurance because they’re “knuckleheads,” as she touted Obamacare during her appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

“A lot of young people think they’re invincible,” Obama. “But they truth is young people are knuckleheads. They’re the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open. They’re dancing on the bar stool.”

Later in the show, the First Lady promoted her healthy living initiative “Let’s Move” during sketch in which Fallon and guest Will Ferrell played teen girls.

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Michelle Obama Wows in Carolina Herrera Dress at State Dinner

Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama with French President Francois Hollande, center, pose at the Grand Staircase as they arrive for a State Dinner, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the White House in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP

The blue and black gown took all eyes off the guest of honor, French President François Hollande -- who arrived stag -- and on the First Lady.

President Barack Obama and Michelle greet French President François Hollande as he arrives for a State Dinner in his honor at the White House in Washington, February 11, 2014.

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Obama Invites Donors, Celebrities To Hollande State Dinner

Actor Bradley Cooper, left, and Suki Waterhouse arrive to a state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in honor of French President Francois Hollande at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington.
Actor Bradley Cooper, left, and Suki Waterhouse arrive to a state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in honor of French President Francois Hollande at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington. Andrew Harrer—Pool/Getty Images

Bradley Cooper and Mindy Kaling among guests at dinner hosting President François Hollande

Invitations to White House State Dinners are hard to come by, but there’s an easy way in: donate heavily to the president.

The White House released a list of expected attendees for Tuesday night’s dinner hosting French President François Hollande, including lawmakers, administration officials, journalists, and celebrities—as well as a healthy crop of Democratic donors.

Top Obama bundlers Mark Gallogly, Joan and Irwin Jacobs and Cappy McGarr were just some of the monied names on the list. Celebrities including Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Stephen Colbert, and J.J. Abrams all are expected to attend, as are Republican lawmakers Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. CNN boss Jeff Zucker and New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson are also on the list.

The full roster of attendees is below:



Mr. J.J. Abrams, Pacific Palisades, CA

Ms. Katie McGrath

The Honorable Stacey Abrams, United States Representative (Georgia)

Mr. Ben Jealous

Ms. Jill Abramson, The New York Times, New York, NY

Mr. William Woodson

Mr. Charles Adams, Jr., Washington, DC

General Keith Alexander, Director of NSA and Cybercom

Mrs. Debbie Alexander

Mr. Peter G. Angelos, Baltimore, MD

Mrs. Georgia Angelos

Mr. Kader Arif, Minister Delegate for Veterans Affairs, French Republic

The Honorable Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics

Mr. Geoffrey Boyd Lamb

Ms. Jennifer Bado-Aleman, Gaithersburg, MD

Mr. Frank Skinner

Mr. Caleb Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mrs. Kourtney Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mr. Dan Barber, New York, NY

Mr. David Barber

The Honorable Karen Bass, United States Representative (California)

Ms. Barbara Jordan

Mr. Terrence Bean, Portland, OR

Mr. Robert Iwasaki

Mr. Joel Benenson, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Benenson, New York, NY

The Honorable Michael Bennet, United States Senator (Colorado)

Ms. Susan Daggett

Mrs. Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY

Mr. Tom Bernstein

Mr. Peter Beshar, Rye, NY

Mrs. Sarah Beshar

The Honorable Steven Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Mrs. Jane Beshear

The Honorable Joseph Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States

Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert Hunter Biden, Washington, DC

Mrs. Kathleen Biden

Ms. Mary J Blige, Saddle River, NJ

Mr. Kendu Isaacs

The Honorable Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Joseph Blount, Miami Beach, FL

Ms. Katherine Blount

Mrs. Nicole Bricq, Minister for Foreign Trade, French Republic

The Honorable William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Lisa Ann Carty

The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Steve Burwell

The Honorable Eric Cantor, United States Representative (Virginia)

The Honorable Jay Carney, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary

Ms. Claire Shipman

Mr. Jim Chanos, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal A Connors

Mr. Brian Cladoosby, LaConner, WA

Mrs. Nina Cladoosby

The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Mrs. Susan Clapper

The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission

Mrs. Linda Dean

Mr. Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, Washington, DC

Mr. Andrew Oros

The Honorable David L. Cohen, Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. Rhonda Cohen

The Honorable David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Mrs. Suzy Cohen

Mr. Stephen Colbert, New York, NY

Mrs. Evie Colbert

Ms. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York, NY

Mr. Peter Godwin

Mr. Jason Collins, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Brunson Green

Mr. Jean-Marie Colombani, JMC Media, French Republic

Mr. Marcello Conviti, Carmat, French Republic

Mr. Bradley Cooper, New York, NY

Ms. Suki Waterhouse

Mr. James Crane, Houston, TX

The Honorable Danielle Crutchfield, Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance

The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (Maryland)

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

Mr. Philippe Dauman, New York, NY

Mrs. Deborah Dauman

His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the U.S.

Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias Delattre

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Diane Dempsey

Mr. Stéphane Distinguin, Cap Digital, French Republic

Dr. Karen Donfried, Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for European Affairs

Mr. Alan Untereiner

The Honorable Mike Donilon, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Trish Donilon

Mr. Roland Du Luart, Senator from Sarthe, President of the Franco-American Friendship Committee, French Republic

Mrs. Shefali Duggal, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Rajat Duggal

Mr. Ken Ehrlich, Westlake Village, CA

Mrs. Harriet Ehrlich

His Excellency Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs, French Republic

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Mrs. Genevière Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research, French Republic

Mr. Ken Fisher, Rockville, MD

Mrs. Tammy Fisher

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation

Mrs. Samara Foxx

Mr. Ken Frazier, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Mrs. Andrea Frazier

The Honorable Michael Froman, Ambassador and U.S. Trade Representative

Ms. Nancy Goodman

The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors

Ms. Eve A. Gerber, Washington, DC

Mr. Mark Gallogly, New York, NY

Ms. Elizabeth Strickler

Mr. Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, French Republic

Ms. Thelma Golden, New York, NY

Mr. Duro Olowu

Mr. John Goldman, Atherton, CA

Mrs. Marcia Goldman

Ms. Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News, New York, NY

The Honorable Mike Gottlieb, Associate Counsel to the President

The Honorable Philip H Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Mrs. Rachel Gordon

The Honorable Danielle Gray, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

Ms. Jaunique Sealey

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense

Ms. Allyn Hagel

Ms. Laura G Haim, Canal Plus and I-Tele French TV, Washington, DC

Mr. Ara Aprikian

The Honorable William Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee

Mrs. Crissy Haslam

Mr. Samuel Heins, Wayzata, MN

Ms. Stacey Mills

Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran, French Republic

The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy

The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., United States Attorney General

Dr. Sharon Malone

The Honorable John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

Dr. Patricia Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs

Mrs. Laura Holgate, Senior Director for WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction

Dr. Rick Holgate

Mr. Steve Holland, Reuters, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Lucie Holland

Mr. Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris Region President, French Republic

Mr. Irwin Jacobs, La Jolla, CA

Mrs. Joan Jacobs

Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Transdev, French Republic

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

Mr. Paul Jean-Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

The Honorable Mike Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

Dr. Susan DiMarco

The Honorable Kevin Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento

Ms. Michelle Rhee

Mr. Hubert Joly, Richfield, MN

Ms. Natalie Jones, Acting Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State

Justice Elena Kagan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ms. Mindy Kaling, Universal City, CA

Ms. Jocelyn Leavitt

Ms. Roberta Kaplan, New York, NY

Ms. Rachel Lavine

The Honorable Cody Keenan, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Kristen Bartoloni

The Honorable Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State

Ms. M. Elizabeth Swope

The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State

The Honorable Leslie Kiernan, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President

Mr. Paul Kiernan

The Honorable Ronald Klain, Chevy Chase, MD

Ms. Monica Medina

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Mrs. Anne Lauvergeon, Chairwoman of “Innovation 2030” Committee, French Republic

Mr. Jonathan Lavine, Weston, MA

Ms. Emily Lavine

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, French Republic

The Honorable Patrick Leahy, United States Senator (Vermont)

Mrs. Marcelle Leahy

Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Ms. Corine Lesnes, Le Monde. Paris, France

Mr. John Ruddy

The Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury

Dr. Ruth Schwartz

Dr. Tara Leweling, Director for NATO & European Affairs

Mr. Harun Dogo

Ms. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mt. Kisco, NY

Mr. William Louis-Dreyfus

Mr. Emmanuel Macron, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, French Republic

Ms. Kathy Manning, Greensboro, NC

Mr. Randall Kaplan

The Honorable Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Mrs. Kari McDonough

Mr. Cappy McGarr, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Janie McGarr

Mr. Raymond McGuire, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal McCrary

The Honorable Brian McKeon, Deputy Assistant to the President, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff

Ms. Lizabeth Tankersley

Mr. Eliseo Medina, La Canada-Flintridge, CA

Ms. Arcelia Rocio Saenz

Ms. Constance Milstein, Washington, DC

Mr. Jehan Christophe de la Haye St. Hilaire

Ms. Nicola Miner, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Robert Mailer Anderson

The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor

Mr. Mark Monaco

The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy

Mrs. Naomi Moniz

Mr. Bobby Monks, Portland, ME

Mr. Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Industrial Renewal, French Republic

Mr. Aquilino Morelle, Political Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Pierre Moscovici, Minister for Economy and Finance, French Republic

Mr. Bruce Mosler, New York, NY

Mr. Willard Freeman

The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Amit A. Pandya

Mr. Elon Musk, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Talulah Musk

Mr. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture, French Republic

Ms. Karen Narasaki, Washington, DC

Mr. Vivek Malhotra

The Honorable Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Robert Kagan

The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

Mrs. Lisa Nutter

Mr. Kevin F. O’Malley, St. Louis, MO

Mrs. Dena O’Malley

Ms. Julie Pace, Associated Press, Washington, DC

Mr. Michael Ferenczy

The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Communications Director

Mr. James Lyons

Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, French Republic

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative (California)

Mrs. Jacqueline Kenneally

Mr. Fabien Penone, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Guillaume Pepy, SNCF, French Republic

The Honorable Tom Perez, Secretary of Labor

Ms. Ann Marie Staudenmaier

The Honorable Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Mr. Richard Plepler, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Plepler

The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President

Mrs. Mary Podesta

The Honorable Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations

Mr. Cass Sunstein

The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

Mr. Nicholas Pritzker

General Benoît Puga, Military Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Tangi Quéméner, Agence France-Presse, Bethesda, MD

Ms. Anne Porquet

Ms. Azita Raji, Tiburon, CA

Mr. Gary Syman

The Honorable Stephanie C Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore

Mr. Kent Blake

The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting

Ms. Ann Norris

The Honorable Steven Ricchetti, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Mrs. Amy Ricchetti

The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Mr. Ian Cameron

Mrs. Claudine Ripert-Landler, Press Advisor, French Republic

Mr. Charles H Rivkin, Washington, DC

Ms. Susan Tolson

Mrs. Rachel Robinson, New York, NY

Mr. Norman Siegel

The Honorable Harold Rogers, United States Representative (Kentucky)

Mrs. Cynthia Rogers

Mr. James Roosevelt, Jr., Cambridge, MA

Mrs. Ann Roosevel

Mrs. Laura Ross, New York, NY

Mr. James Ross

Mr. Alain Rousset, Aquitaine Region President, French Republic

The Honorable Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative (California)

Mrs. Marie Royce, Washington, DC

The Honorable Kathy Ruemmler, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President, Washington, DC

Ms. Margaret-Angèle Russell, New York, NY

Mr. Robert Kaplan

The Honorable Paul Ryan, United States Representative (Wisconsin)

Mrs. Janna Ryan

Mr. Lee Saunders, Washington, DC

Mrs. Lynne Saunders

Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Boca Raton, FL

Mr. Richard Schmidt

The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator (New York)

Ms. Iris Weinshall

Mr. Pete Selleck, Greenville, SC

Mrs. Nancy Selleck

The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Counselor to the Secretary of State

Mrs. Maria Shannon

Reverend Alfred Sharpton, New York, NY

Ms. Aisha I. McShaw

Mrs. Beth Shaw, New York, NY

Ms. Rebecca Shaw

The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Bruce Stokes

The Honorable Liz Sherwood-Randall, White House Coordinator for Defense Policy

Dr. Jeffrey Randall

The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont

Ms. Sarah Schmidt

The Honorable David Simas, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

Ms. Shauna McCarty

Ms. Liz Simons, Atherton, CA

Mr. Mark Heising

Mrs. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, ME

Commander Dustin Smiley

Mr. Chuck Smith, Jr., Winnetka, IL

Mrs. Melissa Smith

Mr. Keith Smith, Ashland, VA

Mr. Burton Smith

Mr. Michael Smith, Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Natalie Massenet

Ms. Kim Snow, Thorton, PA

Mr. James Snow

Mr. Kenneth Solomon, Pacific Palisades, CA

Mrs. Melissa Solomon

Mr. Arne Sorenson, Bethesda, MD

Mrs. Ruth Sorenson

The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

Mr. Rick Sperling

Ms. Alexandra Stanton, New York, NY

Ms. Domna Stanton

Mr. Laurent Stefanini, Chief of Protocol, French Republic

Mr. Randall Stephenson, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Lenise Stephenson

Mr. David Stern, New York, NY

Mrs. Dianne Stern

The Honorable Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change

Ms. Jennifer Klein

Mrs. Jane Stetson, Norwich, VT

Mr. Bill Stetson III

Mr. Mark Taplin, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Department of State

Ms. Kathy Kavalec

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

Mr. Benoit Thieulin, Digital National Committee President, French Republic

Mr. Andrew Tobias, New York, NY

Ms. Marie Brenner

Ms. Cicely Tyson, New York, NY

Mr. Reginald Austin Henry

The Honorable David Wade, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State

Ms. Elizabeth Alexander

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative (Florida)

Mr. Steven Schultz

Mr. Frank White, Jr., Washington, DC

Mr. William Kirk

Ms. Edith Windsor, New York, NY

Ms. Julie Milligan

Mr. Richard Winter, Auriga USA

Mrs. Alexandra Winter

Mr. Jeff Zucker, CNN, New York, NY

Mrs. Caryn Zucker

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Wacky Rumor of the Day: French News Sources Think Obama and Beyoncé Are Having an Affair

Obama and Beyonce
President Barack Obama and Beyonce at the Inauguration on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr / Getty Images


Ring the alarm! A French paparazzo is spreading the rumor that Barack Obama is having an affair with — wait for it — Beyoncé. Yes, that Beyoncé.

The photographer Pascal Rostain believes that the news of the high-profile affair will run in the Washington Post tomorrow. His comments were published by Le Figaro, a reputable French newspaper:

“You know, at this time, in the United States, there is something big that is happening. It’ll go out tomorrow in the Washington Post — we can say that it is not the gutter press — an alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyoncé.”

The Washington Post clarified to Poynter that they will be publishing no such report. Obviously.

So where did this rumor originate? Another quote from Rostain gives us a bit of insight:

“First, there are still or television images of the Obama couple becoming a little distant. It is legitimate to ask questions. We found the same thing, always through images, between [French President] Hollande and [his partner Valerie Trierweiler]. Afterwards, there was the rumor. Same for Obama and Beyonce, for example. Just because it’s a rumor doesn’t mean that one should not go in the field to check. We should not forget Marilyn [Monroe] or Monica Lewinsky.”

Right, sure, okay.

It’s worth noting that this rumor emerges the same week the French President Francois Hollande visits the White House; Hollande has spent the last several weeks embroiled in his own media frenzy surrounding his high-profile affair with French actress Julie Gayet.

Ever since that funeral selfie with Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the world really seems to want to see discord between the Obamas — but unfortunately for the international paparazzi, my guess is that there will be some great show of cuteness in the West Wing for Valentine’s Day this week. I mean, just look at their Instagram:

As for Beyoncé and Jay-Z? I don’t think their flame is going out anytime soon.

Sorry, Hollande. You’re on your own.

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The First Lady Picked This Indie Movie to Frame Her Conversation About Education

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

Alicia Keys tells TIME why 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' was part of a White House forum

The inner-city coming-of-age story The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete — which comes out on DVD today — played at festivals last year and was released in fewer than 200 theaters. Still, one very important person managed to take in a showing: Michelle Obama.

It made quite an impression.

On Jan. 15, the First Lady screened Mister and Pete during a discussion about the future of education in the United States, tied to the President’s stated goal to help U.S. to have the world’s highest proportion of college grads by 2020. In her statements about the movie, Obama said that its heroes — two young boys left to fend for themselves for a summer — represent the millions of American kids who face challenges, but prove resilient enough to overcome the obstacles.

“Many of you work with kids just like Mister and Pete,” the First Lady told an audience of educators. “You see them every day — kids struggling against heartbreaking odds in neighborhoods torn apart by poverty and hopelessness, surrounded by gangs and guns and drugs. You see this every day. But, see, this is the thing, the beauty of this movie — this movie isn’t just about the challenges that kids like Mister and Peter are facing. And that’s really why this movie was so powerful to me, because it’s also about their courage.”

(MORE: Obamas Talk Education and Inequality at Summit)

And Obama’s statements, in turn, were powerful to another member of that audience: the musician Alicia Keys, who executive produced the film. “It just really spoke to the power of art and what that does, how it can really connect to people and start a dialogue, which is what I think art is really about,” Keys tells TIME. “It always takes a long time to put a film together and when it’s an independent film, it oftentimes is even that much harder. It was really rewarding to have that kind of recognition from the First Lady herself.”

Keys acknowledges that the link between Mister and Pete and education is subtle; the movie, she notes, more explicitly addresses drugs and poverty. But, she says, the conversation after the screening highlighted the way a child’s education can be affected by extracurricular issues. The film’s protagonists show how kids needs support systems — especially if college is the goal — and how much an already resilient child can accomplish when she gets that support. Having heard educators discussing their experiences after the screening, Keys says she saw how dedicated teachers can help provide direction for kids with big goals.

“I am definitely an optimist and I do believe that we all have to have something to believe in, to dream about, and I think that is what helped Mister through the whole film,” Keys says. “There are so many Misters out there.”

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Blue Ivy Pet Sunny Obama and Somehow the World Did Not Implode From Cuteness Overload

President also said some stuff

Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday night and the Leader of the Free World said some stuff but the important thing here is that Blue Ivy Carter met Sunny Obama.

The 2-year old heiress to world domination petted the dog-in-chief when she tagged along to watch her mom Beyoncé perform at the First Lady’s epic party. Blue Ivy wore a white dress, and Sunny Obama wore a black coat.

Other less-important celebrities like Smokey Robinson, Billy Jean King, Jennifer Hudson, Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton were also there to witness the moment when Blue Ivy petted Sunny. So was Attorney General Eric Holder, but whatever.

The party was a cell-phone free event, but Beyonce shared some shots on her Tumblr. Here’s Queen B mugging with Bo:


Need a Sitter? Malia Obama May Be Available.

Reducing unemployment and cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf may top Barack Obama’s to-do list, but he hasn’t forgotten about the importance of teaching his daughters about money. In an interview last week with ABC News, the president said he and Michelle have started teaching first daughters Sasha and Malia about savings and interest. He also suggested that the girls may soon be old enough to earn their own money through babysitting gigs.

Obama’s intentions are certainly in the right place, and the girls would no doubt learn a lot from earning their own cash. But making that happen could be difficult.

Assuming that some D.C. family wanted to hire the girls to babysit, the logistics might be ridiculous. Would they take a motorcade to the job? Would the Secret Service have to clear the house first? Similar obstacles stand in the way of other traditional starter jobs in which the girls might be interested; imagine the chaos if Sasha opened a lemonade stand on the White House lawn, or if Malia tried stocking the shelves in a neighborhood mall.

Of course, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, don’t need to get jobs at all. Their parents are millionaires; like many super-wealthy, President & Mrs. Obama face a unique dilemma in teaching their children about money. How do you teach your kids to be fiscally responsible, while also providing a life replete with the luxuries you’re able to provide (or, in the Obamas’ case, can’t practically avoid providing)?

Comedian Adam Sandler, for example, has said he stays up nights worrying that his kids are going to end up spoiled brats. Billionaire Warren Buffett, who has famously said he’s not leaving a huge inheritance to his children, started the lessons early, providing son Peter with just a modest allowance to supplement his summer jobs. On the other end of the spectrum, music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs apparently has fewer qualms about letting his kids enjoy his money. He gave son Justin a $360,000 Maybach for his 16th birthday!

Elisabeth Donati, who teaches financial education to children through her Camp Millionaire program, says the key to teaching kids to be responsible with money is to lead by example. “When you’re spending money, ask yourself if the behavior is something you want your children to parrot,” she says. “If so, explain what you’re doing. If not, stop doing it.” She also offers the following tips:

  • Set up an allowance for your children by around age six. Give them a set amount of cash for the month. If they run out before the month is over, use it as an opportunity to teach them about budgeting.
  • Don’t buy your children everything they ask for. Let them use their allowance or other earnings to save up for items they want.
  • Include your children in family money discussions, from setting a budget for the family vacation to conversations with financial advisers.

So what advice do you have for the Obamas? How can a wealthy family pass money lessons on to their kids in a household where money and luxury are as readily available as running water?

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