Thank You to President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha Obama, Bo and SunnyObama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for the grace and dignity you have shown over these past 8 years in the White House. You will be missed. Wishing you all the very best for the next chapters of your lives.
“We’re united not only by our interests, but also by our values—by our love of liberty, by our commitment to the dignity of every human being. Which is why I can say without hesitation that Italy is one of our strongest allies and one of our closest friends.” —President Obama reflecting on our strong partnership with Italy during the final State Visit of his presidency. Check out the highlights from the day.
Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden stand next to the coffin of their son Beau during the first day of funeral services. Clinging to her grandmother is Beau’s 11-year-old daughter Natalie, and to the left is Beau’s widow Hallie.
Notes: For my readers abroad, the past few weeks have been a tough transition here in the States. I’ve been watching interviews and listening to speeches by President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden. There is such a high level of grace and intelligence in which they have handled impossible situations and are departing with elegance and the appreciation of so many citizens. Between this, and the Hamilton Mixtape/Original Broadway cast recording, I wanted Hermione to handle her scandals in the most poised way possible. I hope you enjoy.
Harry has a wicked smile creeping across his face as he taps his wand against his leg. He crosses the length of the auror dueling gym, walking between two rows of witches and wizards anxiously awaiting his instructions. The politicians and diplomats stand to his left while his aurors are on his right. Hermione stands with her arms crossed, looking clearly annoyed. She can tell Harry is enjoying his authority over her at the moment. She’s wearing form-fitting, black, athletic leggings with a purple long-sleeve running top, and purple and gray trainers. Draco is standing next to her in a charcoal, heather grey, half-zip pullover, fitted track pants, and black and neon green trainers.
He leans over and whispers in her ear, “Your bum is absolutely distracting. I don’t know how I’m going to get through this training session.”
Tonight, our country has lost a valiant public servant, and a family which has given so much to all of us, has lost a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. We have all lost a friend. My heart is with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Beau’s wife Hallie, and two children Natalie and Hunter.
To Vice President Biden who has seen so many great tragedies over the
years, I can only offer these words by the poet William Wordsworth:
“As tempted more; more able to endure, As more exposed to suffering and distress; Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.”
First Lady Michelle Obama To Appear On NCIS In support of “Joining Forces”, a nationwide initiative supporting service members, veterans and their families
First Lady Michelle Obama will appear in an NCIS episode in conjunction with “Joining Forces,” a nationwide initiative supporting service members, veterans, and their families, on Tuesday, May 3 at 8/7c on the CBS Television Network.
“Filming inside the White House was a dream come true for the NCIS cast and crew,” Executive Producer Gary Glasberg said. “It was such a pleasure working with First Lady Michelle Obama, and it’s our honor to support the ‘Joining Forces’ initiative and the military families that benefit from it.”
In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch “Joining Forces,” a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities.
In the NCIS episode, “Homefront,” First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the wife of a Marine to the White House for a “Joining Forces” roundtable with military spouses. The extras cast in the roundtable scene were actual military spouses.