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First Ladies Initiative in the Media

2015

Anita McBride, executive in residence, wrote a piece for the State Department's blog DipNote on May 7. McBride writes about the excellent achievements made by Afghani Fulbright scholars.

Anita McBride, director of the First Ladies Initiative, was quoted in an article for the Washington Post on April 23 regarding the changing role of political spouses as the possibility of a first gentleman materializes.

Anita McBride, director of the First Ladies' Initiative, moderated AU's KPU Wonk of the Year Award ceremony honoring Laura Bush, which received coverage from multiple news outlets across the nation.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared on CSPAN on April 12 to discuss the role and influence of political spouses over time. She also discussed the spouses of current and potential 2016 presidential candidates. 

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the Washington Post on March 20 about the trappings of presidential retreat Camp David, and President Obama's rare use of that venue.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to Bloomberg News on March 16 about First Lady Michelle Obama and her increasingly international focus during the second term.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to NHK (Japan's national public broadcasting network) on March 13 about First Lady Michelle Obama and her initiatives, her fashion choices, and her visit to Japan.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Washington Post about preparing obituaries at the White House on March 12.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the LA Times on February 17 about Malia Obama attending college soon and what influence this may have on the president's higher education policy.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed for the AU website on the choice of Laura Bush as this year's "Wonk of the Year" on February 23.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Associated Press on February 15 about Malia Obama's college visits.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed for Ford's Theater blog on February 3. Following a performance of The Widow Lincoln, McBride discussed the evolving role of the First Lady for the "Ask an Expert" series.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the New York Times on January 29 about the White House process for determining appropriate First Lady attire for official trips abroad.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, joined CBS News on January 27 to discuss Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Abdullah. McBride's interview was also mentioned in an LA Times article on January 28.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the Washington Times on January 19 about the decision-making process behind inviting guests to the State of the Union address.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the New York Post about Malia Obama's influence on fashion trends and music tastes, despite the heavy security and zone of privacy surrounding her.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared on CBS Radio Boston on January 12 to discuss the White House's miscalculation in not sending a high profile U.S. representative to the unity march in Paris.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed January 1 by the Chicago Tribune on Malia Obama's college visits

2014

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was mentioned in a "Financial Buzz" article about one remaining piece of decorum in Washington, DC society—don't intrude upon the social life of the president's children.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with three major media outlets—the Chicago Tribune, NBC News, and the LA Times—about a Congressional staffer's criticism over Facebook of Sasha and Malia Obama, and the swift outcry against that staffer.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was mentioned in Calcutta, India's newspaper, The Telegraph, for an article discussing the roles of first ladies in Southeast Asia.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with The Washington Post on November 30 in an article about the White House's holiday traditions and their latest updates in technology.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, discussed with Italian newspaper Il Secolo IX the difficulties for the President to govern with a Republican majority in the House and Senate if he is unwilling to compromise on big issues.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed by O Globo, a newspaper in Brazil available in Portuguese, for an article regarding Michelle Obama's influence on the 2014 midterms.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, discussed late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta's lasting impact and friendship with American first ladies in a U.S. News article on October 21.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with The Hill on October 12 about the pressure for President Obama to change his advisory staff in the White House as he reaches the last two years of his presidency.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Associated Press on September 30 about new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the White House and the intricate planning that goes into providing world leaders with hospitality.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to The Washington Post on September 9 for an article about former First Lady, Laura Bush, and the legacy she has built for herself and President Bush since leaving office.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, took a preview tour of the revamped White House visitor center, set to open this Saturday, September 14. Details about the brand new attraction were provided by The Hill on September 9.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Washington Post on July 7 in an article detailing technological anachronisms in the White House.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, talked with CBS News on July 3 about Malia Obama, the president's eldest daughter, who is celebrating her sixteenth birthday on the Fourth of July.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was quoted in a Huffington Post article on June 13 arguing that the recent staff upheaval in the Obama White House is common for second-term presidents in the final two years.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke extensively with The Desert Sun on June 9 about the First Lady's open weekend planned in Palm Springs, Ariz.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was quoted by the Associated Press on June 2 in an article detailing the expenses surrounding Michelle Obama's wardrobe and how many of the designer clothes are paid for.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the Chicago Tribune on May 30 about Sasha and Malia Obama's growth since entering the White House in 2008.

In a Hearst Television interview, Anita McBride, executive in residence, discussed First Lady Michelle Obama’s entering the legislative policy argument over school meal nutrition rules with House Republicans.

New York Daily News spoke with Anita McBride, executive in residence, for an article on April 23 about healthy eating in the Obama White House.

In an Associated Press piece about President Obama traveling to Asia without First Lady Michelle Obama, Anita McBride, executive in residence, discussed the benefits of first ladies accompanying U.S. presidents on international trips by providing a different type of diplomacy. More than 160 outlets republished this story, including Houston Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Sacramento Bee.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was referenced in an article on April 12 critiquing the scrutiny Michelle Obama has received since her recent trip to China.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke about America's First Grandmother, Marian Robinson, in a Washington Post article on March 31. Robinson, who generally stays out of the spotlight, was front and center throughout Michelle Obama's recent trip to China.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, wrote an op-ed for the George W. Bush Institute about the Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative, a workshop offered in Doha, Qatar that promotes leadership development for women.

A Reuters article on March 16 included expert analysis from Anita McBride, executive in residence, regarding First Lady Michelle Obama's upcoming trip to China. Her analysis on this topic was also included in articles by CBS, the Associated Press, the New York Times and interviews with NPR's "Here and Now," MSNBC and NBC's "Today."

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Washington Post on March 9 about Michelle Obama's upcoming trip to China noting that the First Lady is seizing the opportunity to educate young people rather than address controversial foreign policy issues.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed for a story in Politico on February 27 about First Lady Michelle Obama's more active role in helping to shape policy.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, took part in the closing episode of C-SPAN’s year-long series on the history of First Ladies on February 17.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared in a February 12 story in U.S. News & World Report about the legacies of Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed by CBS Minnesota on February 11 for a story about the high cost of state dinners.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the New York Times, CBS News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, the LA Times and CNN on about the upcoming state dinner with French President François Hollande.

Bloomberg News quoted Anita McBride, executive in residence, in a February 5 article about French President François Hollande's upcoming state visit to the United States.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with CBS on January 31 about the future role of the First Lady.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with ABC News on January 28 about the First Lady's guest selection process for the State of the Union address.

Executive in Resident Anita McBride was quoted in a number of stories about Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday celebrations: in the Washington Post on January 15 and January 17 and she spoke with the Associated Press on January 16. She was also interviewed for a story in The Hill on January 15 about the upcoming state visit of French President François Hollande.

Executive in Residence Anita McBride talked with NBC’s Today Online on January 14 about why Michelle Obama can become more active on issues during a second presidential term.

Executive in Residence Anita McBride was interviewed January 6 on "CBS This Morning" about preparations for First Lady Michele Obama's 50th birthday.

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