Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’


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Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. On this episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we begin with the Democratic Party’s virtual convention, the Obama’s and their ground-breaking speeches. How did Joe Biden do as he met the moment he has long waited for? And Senator Kamala Harris – how did she fare in her first foray as Biden’s pick for Vice-President? And that’s just where we begin.


As we do every week, Halli and her partner in politics, veteran White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper, take a deep dive into the current political landscape in their weekly snap, crackle and pop conversation. And what a week it has been. As Covid-19 continues to ravage the nation, and Trump declares teachers essential workers, school districts open and quickly close as the virus rapidly spreads. The surprise of the week? The indictment of Trump crony and Trump’s one-time senior advisor, Steve Bannon, added to the long list of grifters among Trump’s coterie of friends indicted. When will Trump see the inside of the pokey? The attempt of Trump to steal the election by unraveling the United States Postal Service is on our list of topics to discuss. And Halli refuses to let the findings of the damning bipartisan Senate report of the Select Committee on Intelligence on Russia’s measures to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election be lost in the maelstrom of news.

The 2020 Democrat National Convention, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Covid-19, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Election 2020, Congress,  Donald Trump, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Florida, Republican…it’s August and things are hot, hot, hot and getting hotter. Join Halli and Matt this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.


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From the earliest plans of the Founding Fathers to Michelle Obama’s organic kitchen garden, the story of how the White House grounds were conceived and how they have changed from administration to administration is explored in gardener, writer, historian Marta McDowell’s fascinating new book ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS, HOW THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS HAVE GROWN WITH AMERICA. Marta McDowell visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 10, 3 pm ET in our first half-hour. And in our second half-hour it’s our smart, feisty, fabulous, Four Broads Talking™ panel  with Suzanna Andrews, Lisa Schiffren, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne taking their look at the state of the race of Election 2016.


The author of EMILY DICKINSON’S GARDENS and BEATRIX POTTER’S GARDENING LIFE, Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She lectures on gardening topics and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. She also consults for public gardens and private clients. In her new fascinating book, ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS, McDowell reveals how the White House gardens have reflected America from the most momentous events in our nation’s history to our fleeting cultural obsessions and have influenced garden trends nationwide.


With less than three months to go until Election Day, with Donald Trump shaking up politics as usual and with Hillary Clinton quickly rising in the polls, oh what fun our Four Broads Talking panel of brilliant analysts will have when they sit down for their weekly chat on all things politics and culture in our second half hour. Look for sparks to fly with this tell it like it is panel of political pundits.

Gardens, politics, history, presidents, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and more on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,

Wednesday, August 10, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Photo the Obama's courtesy Parade magazine

Make sure that you have a look at this Sunday’s issue of PARADE magazine.  President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama took questions from readers and addressed the challenges of his first term in office with PARADE editor-in-chief Maggie Murphy and contributor Lynn Sherr.  The Obama’s discussed the economy, the political stalemate in D.C., what they hope to accomplish next, and made thea case for their first four years in office.

Here are some highlights from the PARADE interview below. You can read the  full piece this Sunday in newspapers and on


President Obama on how he will talk to Republicans differently if he is reelected:

PO:Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me. So there’s a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country. I think that after this election, we’ll be in a position to once again reach out to Republicans and say that the American people have rendered a judgment, and the positions we’re taking are well within what used to be considered bipartisan centrist approaches.

President Obama on whether there will be a difference in how he approaches Republicans or if their attitude will be different if he is reelected: 

PO: My approach has been pretty consistent from the start; I’ve often proposed ways to solve our problems that used to be embraced by Republicans. There’s no better example than the health care bill, which was designed originally by the now Republican standard-bearer and is working pretty well in Massachusetts. The Recovery Act that helped us avoid a depression, a third of it was tax cuts. My hope is that the Republican Party, post election, steps back and says, “Now that we’re not so worried about beating the president, maybe we should spend a little time focusing on solving the problems.”

The President reacts to Mitt Romney’s remarks about the way Obama is making our country “far more like Europe, with a larger, more dominant, more intrusive government. …”: 

PO: When you look at the policies I’ve promoted, they used to be considered bipartisan, mainstream ideas. What’s changed is not me. What’s changed is where the Republican Party’s gone. In fact, a lot of the things I’ve done are things that Mr. Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts, seemed to promote. … What’s absolutely true is that we’ve had to take some emergency steps, like saving the auto industry, that weren’t free, that weren’t popular, but were the right thing to do.

On how being black affected President Obama’s ability to govern: 

PO: By virtue of being African-American, I’m attuned to how throughout this country’s history there have been times when folks have been locked out of opportunity, and because of the hard work of people of all races, slowly those doors opened to more and more people. Equal opportunity doesn’t just happen on its own; it happens because we’re vigilant about it. But part of this is not just because we’re African-American—it’s also because Michelle and I were born into pretty modest means. … And as president, I want to affirm that that’s important and reject the idea that if we just reward those at the top, that somehow that’s going to work for everybody—’cause that hasn’t been how America got built.

Mrs. Obama on the conversation about the “superwoman.” Can women have it all? 

MICHELLE OBAMA: I think that question limits us as women. I work with a lot of young women—we have interns coming in and out, and this is always one of the first questions they ask—and the thing I try to remind them is that we have fought so hard for choice and options with our lives, and we’re just getting to that point where we’re willing to embrace all the different facets of womanhood. I know that when I came out of college, what I wanted and what I thought I wanted were very different things. Then I get married and have a career and, lo and behold, now I’ve got kids. And how you feel about motherhood when your children are small and when they’re teenagers, that’s going to change.


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