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Published: 01/5/11

Michelle Obama Taps Tina Tchen as New Chief of Staff

By  Lynn Sweet

First Lady Michelle Obama is naming Tina Tchen her new chief of staff, picking a Chicago attorney already in the White House to replace Susan Sher. Mrs. Obama said in a statement provided to Politics Daily, "I am thrilled to welcome Tina to my team." Tchen and Sher will work together this mo...

Published: 01/5/11

Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Meet Monday for Lunch

By  Lynn Sweet

First Lady Michelle Obama and her French counterpart Carla Bruni-Sarkozy -- two women who at times have been cast as fashion rivals -- will lunch together on Monday at the White House, Politics Daily has learned. Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy but a native of Italy, is ...

Published: 12/30/10

Michelle Obama's Top 10 for 2010: 'Let's Move!,' Dancing in India, and That Spain Vacation

By  Lynn Sweet

First Lady Michelle Obama's 2010 included a clearly defined high (the launch of her "Let's Move" anti-childhood obesity campaign) and a notable low (her controversial vacation at an expensive resort in Spain). The year also marked her first solo international travel, to Haiti and Mexico, and having ...

Published: 12/25/10

Obamas' Christmas: Steak Dinner and Michelle Tracking Santa

By  Lynn Sweet

Steak, roasted potatoes, green beans and pie were on the Christmas dinner menu for President Obama and his family Saturday at their oceanfront holiday home in Hawaii. On Christmas Eve, Mrs. Obama helped kids track Santa Claus' travel around the world with the assistance of NORAD radar. The Obama F...

Published: 12/17/10

Michelle Obama, Sasha, Malia, Bo to Hawaii; Not Taking the Jumbo Jet

By  Lynn Sweet

First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo will fly to Hawaii on Saturday for a winter vacation, Politics Daily has learned, while President Obama remains in Washington to deal with Congress. In a pre-emptive move -- remembering the stinging criticism of her lavish vaca...

Published: 12/13/10

Obama Signs Child Nutrition Bill, Kids Michelle About 'Sleeping on the Couch'

By  Lynn Sweet

President Obama signed a nutrition bill on Monday with funding to improve food choices for children, a central element of First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity crusade. Obama joked that getting Congress to pass it was a priority for him. "Not only am I very proud of the bill, but had I not ...

Published: 12/2/10

Child Nutrition Bill Backed by Michelle Obama Heads to President for Signing

By  Lynn Sweet

The House on Thursday passed a child nutrition bill that contains elements crucial to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" anti-childhood obesity drive launched last February. The measure passed 264-157 after President Obama and White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse helped calm Congressional ...

Published: 12/2/10

White House Holiday: 20 or so Parties, 19 Trees, and a 'Simple Gifts' Theme

By  Lynn Sweet

The White House round of holiday parties kicks off this week. President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted a Hanukkah party on Thursday night and the volunteers who helped decorate the White House for Christmas -- there are 19 trees -- were feted on Wednesday. "And I have to say the house looks ...

Published: 11/22/10

Michelle Obama Hires Californian as New Chief of Communications

By  Lynn Sweet

Kristina Schake, a co-founder and board member of the group that filed the successful federal challenge to California's ban on gay marriage, will be first lady Michelle Obama's new communications director, the White House announced Monday. Schake, 40, a strategist for California first lady Maria Sh...

Published: 11/16/10

Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff Susan Sher Leaving White House

By  Lynn Sweet

First Lady Michelle Obama is hunting for her third chief of staff following the announcement Tuesday that Susan Sher, her longtime friend, will leave the job after the first of the year. "Susan has been both a colleague and a dear friend for decades, and I have been grateful every day for her leade...

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