Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2012



how are you guys doing Wow sounds like you've had a busy morning already right tell me about some of the stuff you've done just shout out all right one at a time stand up whoever stands up to pastry chef you tested your breath Wow we've never done that what what did you do Park Rangers that's very cool like that what else yes oh oh nice what's in there I've never seen the inside shield things yeah very cool very cool what'd you see absolute we could not do what we do if it weren't for the Secret Service and the police officers we love them dearly and they do a great job right all right well before we begin we're going to ask questions I just want to welcome you guys to the White House this is one of my favorite days because I don't know I love spending time with kids and you kids are very special because your parents are very special or your grandparents I know we may have parents and grandparents but they do wonderful work here at the White House and we know that sometimes they work so hard that sometimes they come home late right or maybe they they miss some of your activities because they're working so hard and that can be tough right it can be a little annoying too so one of the things we want you to know is that we know that it's not easy to have parents who are doing busy important work but because of the work that they do the country runs and things get done and millions of people get help and because you guys handle your business right you're doing well in school and you're staying out of trouble and you're listening and you're helping out at home when things are busy you're helping your parents serve too and your grandparents so you guys are helping this country in very important ways and I don't want you to ever take that for granted so we are grateful to you all for what you do to support your parents and that's why I like to take the time and create this wonderful day so you get a better sense of what they're doing when they're not with you we're taking care of them at least we're trying to so that you understand what's going on right so we really appreciate you guys and we're happy to have you here and we hope you've had a good day so now I'm going to just take some questions all right so all right here's what we're going to do we've got mics and you when you stand up I'm going to go from section to section so I'm going to take one person from here one person for your one prisoner here and I'm going to go back around okay and tell me your name and how old you are okay we'll start over here okay I'd see a bright green hand right here young lady yes my name is Madeleine and I'm 12 do I state where my mom works if you know my mom works at aussolas Office of National Drug Control Policy right and my prep my question is will you ever run for president absolutely not no I being president is a really hard job and it's an important job and you know when my husband is running for president we're we're we're right in there right we're serving too and I think that you know once his terms are over you know we'll go on to do other important things because there's so many ways that you can help this country in the world even if you're not president of the United States and I think one of the things you learn about yourself as you get older or what are your strengths and what are your interests right and for me it's it's other stuff that is not being the president all right so I probably won't run but that's a great question all right we're going to move to this section and I see a red jacket a young man right there how do you tell me your name Joseph stand up judge your name boys that Joseph yeah how old are you eight it's good to have you here Joseph what is your question um how do you like being the first lady I love it I really do and that's the other thing I've been first lady this is the better job our job it you know it's very busy uh I have a lot to do but I I couldn't call it hard right because I'm doing the things that I really love I I get to spend this time with you all number one and as much as I can I try to spend time with young people and I love doing that and I'm working on helping kids eat healthy and be more active and working with military kids and I've got to be on iCarly and so it would be hard for me to call this job hard I love what I do and I love serving this country so it's been fun although sometimes it gets tiring because you get really busy and sometimes you just want to goof off and watch a little TV and not do anything right now I tell my kids that all the time they say they wake up they're like I'm tired mom I'm like I'm tired to go to school get over it alright alright this okay let's see let's see oh gosh there's so many all right this little one in the back you yes you young lady um watch what my name is Danielle and today's my birthday I'm turning eight I heard about that happy birthday and my car my dad works at the military office and my question is what do you like to do on your birthday Oh what do I like to do that's a very sweet question in it does anybody else have a birthday here today alright Danielle okay when we get finished we're gonna sing when we're done before I leave we're going to sing happy birthday okay so we'll do that last we'll end with that okay but happy birthday what do I like to do on my birthday I'd like to sleep late that's the first thing so I try to make sure no one wakes me up until I'm ready to wake up and then I like to have a day where I can do exactly what I want to do eat what I want to eat so I get to pick my meals and then my husband something usually takes me out for dinner and the girls we are we and we have a family dinner so I like to spend time with my family and and just kind of relax and do a lot of nothing I know that's hard for kids to understand but when you get old like us old people doing nothing is a really big gift right parents nothing is a happy birthday well happy birthday sweetie all right here okay young man and the black and blue stripes uh when did you wait sorry my name is William Metcalf and I'm 10 years old and my question is when did you get Bo we got Bo um he it was oh probably press media you guys know better than me it was he's three years old and we got him in March of like two years ago he was eight months old when he came to us so we've had him for close to three he'll be three in October that's when his birthday is October October birthday yeah yeah October a lot of October so we you got an October birthday too great but we've had it he'll be three in October so he was he's lived with us since he was eight months old and he's awesome he's an awesome dog and I love him dearly any of you got have pets how many pet pet kids we have do you love your pets too yes we love our pets all right you just remembered your pet yeah all right all right we've got hands here right all right young lady and next to you I know I'm going to get to yeah you in the red mm-hmm if my name is Madison us my dad works for you and if you could change it whoa what was he do joining forces oh I know your daddies if you could change anything about the first lady job what would you do would you you know I don't know that I change anything about it you know sometimes when if the first and it's not just the first lady but the president but sometimes we can't like sneak out often on our own without security and motorcades and people with us right it's hard to sneak around and do what you want I've done it a couple of times but you know one fantasy I have and the Secret Service they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking just go right over there and go into some shops and stop and have some ice cream and yeah yeah go shopping but you know some I can't I can't do that I can't just up and decide I think I'm gonna go for a walk and I'm going to go for a lob and I'll walk to Georgetown so if if I could change something I'd be able to sneak around a little bit more but it causes people a lot of stress when I do that so I try not to all right we got this section here oh gosh this is so hard all right young lady right in the front with the bread ribbons oh yeah my name is Allison I'm 10 um what is your favorite part of being first lady my favorite part of being first lady is spending time with kids yeah you guys are are funny let me tell you I've had some of the best questions some of the funniest questions come from kids and kids are just they're they're real you guys are real honest you know so either they if they don't like you you know right away it's real clear now it's like keep away from me but it but you guys are open and you're curious and you're still trying to figure things out and so it's a lot of fun to spend time and that's when I do all my playing right you see me jumping rope and I'm gonna play with some kids when I leave here we're going to do some hula hooping so you know you guys are fun all right here here here all right okay I'm going to go in the back I'm going to go in the back all right young the cast I see a cast on an arm we have an injured one here you have to tell me your name age and what happened to your arm I'm Jacques Nissen and I'm 10 years old and I was playing soccer and I was practice and get on my team kicked the ball really hard when I was goalie and I stuck out my hand and the ball bent my arm back youch and my question was on my dad works for the United States Trade Representative and he tells me a lot about his job and you really likes it I'm good like are you as big of a White Sox fan as your husband and did you congratulate Phillip Humber after you threw the perfect game against oh gosh okay that no I'm not as big a fan because I grew up a Cubs fan we're a mixed marriage and people always wonder well why are you a Cubs fan because we live on the south side but I tell him my dad was a Cubs fan from the time I was little and that's one thing that he and I did when I would come home from school the Cubs would be playing they'd usually be you know just in the third inning by the time I got home from school at 3:30 and Jose Cardenal will be third man up to bat and we'd sit and we'd watch the game so there's sort of a sentimental connection that I have with the Cubs because of my dad so I'm kind of always a Cubs fan although as a Chicagoan I love all of our teams we're on record there and no I I didn't call the guy who pitched the game no I didn't I I saw that on SportsCenter but I usually stay out of the sports stuff I leave that to to my husband all right all right we've got a young lady in in a pink shirt hand up yep did that pink yeah my name is Maya and I'll be 11 in eight days congratulations thank you and my question is what is the newest project you're working on Oh the newest project that I'm working on we just finished a tour for the first year anniversary of joining forces which your debt helps with and joining forces is the initiative we're working on to help military families we want to make sure that other Americans who don't have families in the military understand how much these families sacrifice so that their loved ones can serve so we're really trying to rally the whole country around making sure that we're aware of other military kids that may be in your lives and understand how hard it must be for them to have a parent who has to be away not just a way but fighting in a war right can you imagine how tough that would be and how how scared they might be and a lot of times military kids they have to move often because soldiers move our troops they move every couple of years and their families have to move too so the average military kid goes to like seven or eight or nine schools over the course of their lifetime do we have any military kids here you guys know the drill right it's not always easy but a lot of people don't know what you go through because they're they don't have families in the military right so I want to make sure that other kids all you kids who aren't in the military and don't understand it that you're a little bit more sympathetic that you reach out to new kids in your communities and you find out you know if there's a new kid sitting in your class help help them reach over make a friend right see how they're doing make sure that they feel like they're a part of the school a part of the community you know asking them about themselves if they're not somebody that you normally invite invite them over for for a play date or for party you know kind of go out of your way to help them out so those are the kind of things that we're working on and it makes me very happy to work on those issues so that's the that's the latest thing but thank you for asking all right we're gonna go back over here all right Oh young man right in the front row in the blue you yes you would you ever want to move back to your old life my old life you know I don't know if that's possible we still have our house in Chicago and it's there and we go go back and visit but who knows what I don't know what the future holds right so one of the things I've learned growing up and being a grown-up is that you always look forward you know you look to where you're going to go as opposed to looking back so we're going to see how the what what the future has for us okay you does that make sense to you so I think more about what that what I'm like what am I going to do in the future and who knows right I've got two kids they're going to be going to school they're going to be going to college one day there's a lot that's going to be going on so I'm not sure I'm not sure whether the old life will be there but that's a very profound question thank you for that okay we're right here all right young man in the khaki jacket in the back oh yes oh my name is Reggie I'm 11 years old actually have two questions all right um let's go to the second one how many fruits and vegetables do you have in your garden how many oh I don't know the exact number but we have well it's it's a vegetable garden so everything in there is a vegetable so we have lots of lettuce different kinds of lettuce we just planted a few varieties of potato so we have lots of herbs we that you use for cooking we have string beans we have snow peas we've got broccoli we have cauliflower we've got yams I mean it's stuff like that so it is a vegetable garden and the fruits that we have we're still trying to work on getting our fruit bushes but we have some berry bushes we have a fig tree that's starting to produce some fig we have some what else we were thinking about planting some fruit trees but we're going to see whether that'll work so that's what that's what we have over there we have some mushroom logs have you ever seen a mushroom log you know where mushrooms they they're like fungus they grow out of like damp dark places we have a couple of logs that produce mushrooms and we've got bees we've got a beehive over by the so you said you had two questions do you remember the second one all right how much do you love gardening I really enjoy gardening I wasn't a gardener before I got here and I technically I wouldn't call myself a gardener because I have a lot of people who helped me you know it's very different when you have a garden and you got like 12 people who can help you weed and volunteers who come over all the time and you know I feel like it's not my garden it's the White House's garden but I've learned to I've learned that I love it more than than I thought when I was little I used to help one of my aunts we lived with one of my aunts and she loved to garden and I would help her weed and plant flowers we never had a vegetable garden but everyone had to help out and I used to like being out in the Sun with the water hose and the sprinklers but then I started getting allergies and I started sneezing a lot my mom would send me in the house cuz she was tired of seeing me sneeze I don't sneeze as much anymore but I enjoy it I do it's fun being out playing in the dirt and in the Sun and watching stuff grow it's really cool all right we're over here Oh Kristin we've got time for one more question this is we're going to do more than one though all right green jacket right in the front I know I always my name is Diego and I'm eight how big is the White House oh gosh it's really big Jeremy where are you you have the square footage it's huge have you guys taken a tour so what did you see did you see everything on this floor so this is the so this is the did you go to the west wing too and have you been to the east wing alright so you've been pretty much everywhere on the main floors right so you see and how big that is right but this is what's called the state floor and then above us two floors up is where we live that's our house all right that's like our the private residence is where Malia and Sasha have their rooms where we eat dinner where we so there are two more floors that are the same width as the state floor that go up okay and we have a gym and their guest rooms when if we have visitors and Grandma lives on the third floor and she has a couple of rooms where she lives and you know there are places where the kids watch TV so all that is upstairs so that's like our house so this is more the official place we don't hang out here during the day but when we have important guests and we have dinners and we have big parties and their press conferences and things like that that happens down here so you've pretty much seen all of the white house except for the residents and did you guys you guys did when you cook did you cook did you go downstairs in the kitchen alright so there's lower levels too and there's a kitchen here where the chef's cook it's a bigger kitchen but it's not as big as you would think there's a bowling alley yeah you've been to the bowling or so there's a bowling alley down there there's a place where the florist there's a floor shop here and then there's a bunch of stuff that's like electronic stuff engineering stuff that's way down there there's a dentist office here did you know that the dentist office so it's got a little dental chair stuff like there's a doctor's office here did you guys see the doctor's office so but it's all in this space right so though the White House is as big as the space that you walked except there's some more floors down and a couple more floors up does that help you alright ok alright alright alright alright we have a pretty headband redhead BSU hi my name is Brianna and I'm 8 years old and my question is how hard was it to be a lawyer when you were a little girl oh how hard was it to be a lawyer well I didn't know I wanted to be a lawyer until I went to college right so you know the path the educational path right you go to grammar school how many people are in grammar school but kindergarten elementary school I don't know what you guys call it before eighth grade then you go to high school right then after high school it college right and how many years do you go to college usually four years excellent what is that about four four or five if you're on the five-year plan it could be five parents would probably rather have you do it in four but you know there's no you know it depends on what you're studying right and then after college then you go to graduate school so if you want to study something special right so you can go to med school you can go to law school you can go to business school you can go on to get a PhD and become a professor right all that happens after college so when I was in college that's when I had to decide whether I wanted to go on to graduate school and I decided I would be a lawyer but before then when I was a little girl I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician and I I just picked that like kids pick like right now when people tell you what you want to be you have an answer right sometimes you do but I had an answer but it really wasn't an answer because I was too young to know what I wanted to do so going to law school is a lot of work it takes a lot of work and you've got to read and you got to study all the time so it takes a lot of work if you want to be a lawyer alright I'm going to do two more questions okay all right all right all right yellow sweater in the middle and then we'll have the last one here hi my name is Lily Lazarus and I'm 12 years old my question is my mom was diagnosed with diabetes when I was five and what are you going to do to help childhood I will be obesity and diabetes well that's thank you for that question I think that's why I talk so much about health and making sure that kids are healthy because there's some types of diabetes that are preventable some are hereditary that means you're born with it and there's not much you can do about it but there's something called type-2 diabetes that's directly linked to what kind of food you eat right and if you're eating healthy foods you're less likely to deal with those kind of issues and being a diabetic is a tough thing I mean for kids it's sometimes kind of hard to think about what does that mean if you've never had it but you know you have to take insulin shots and you have to really watch what you eat and it can be it's a pretty serious disease and to know that it's a disease that you can prevent just by eating more fruits and vegetables and getting exercise when you guys don't you guys think it would be easier to eat right all right and and run around then to be sick and you know have to worry about your health and the reason why it's important for kids to learn those habits because those are habits right if you get used to eating vegetables and you get used to incorporating fruit into your diet as a kid you're more likely to do that when you're an adult right so your what the habits that we're hoping you develop now at your age will be ones that you carry on into adulthood and there'll be ones that you can teach your kids right so that you know you know having dessert and cake and in fast food that's fun right everybody enjoys that but you just can't do it every day right you've got to balance it out and the more you that when you learn that earlier it just becomes easier to do so that's one of the reasons why we have Let's Move and that's why that initiative for me is so so important because we're going to change the health not just for kids now but for generations to come right and hopefully you can you guys can all help be my ambassadors to good health and start starting at home in your own houses right don't turn your nose up when the vegetables are on the plate just eat them all right just eat them you promise hello eat your vegetables eat your fruit and and exercise move your bodies don't sit in front of the TV all the time you hear me get up stand up and move will you do that like that just like that all right the last question all right purple shirt I know last question hi my name is CJ whoa deep voice thank you what's going on how you been my dad is a works as a butler I know you've gotten taller thank you um and my question to you is uh how do you how do you feel about working here like what does it feel like yeah it's great right and it's great because of people like your dad I mean your dad I see him everyday as well as many of the staff people here who help the house run and everybody is so nice they're funny they're nice to hang out with I love them all everybody who works here and that makes our lives easy which is why we love you guys because I know your dad is here sometimes late right he sometimes unexpectedly late because stuff goes on and he's calling in and he's saying I got to stay late I got to go in on the weekend something change right and he's doing it because that youth is at YouTube and and he's helping us and you all are helping us so it is one of the best experiences and I didn't expect it I didn't know what to expect when we moved into the White House I thought we're moving into an old house and people have lived here and what's it like going to feel like home is it going to feel like but everybody here feels like family and they they treat us with this with this the same respect and love and I feel like these kids they that you kids are a part of that so we are grateful all right yes what can't you know in in this position it's difficult to support just one or two charities but we do tons of work with charities millions like things bug organizations like the Fisher House who provide wonderful places for military families to live while what their loved one is recuperating at a military hospital if they have to go through surgeries Fisher House is a really beautiful place where families can stay that's one organization the Red Cross has done we've done great stuff with them with the USO I mean I could go on and on I mean we work with you know many many nonprofit organizations so I couldn't say that there's one single one that I work work with we work with tons of them so but that's a great question so now we have a birthday tree come on up sweetie it's a birthday ready for a happy birthday song all right one two three everybody HAP all right you guys I gotta go thank you you guys were awesome awesome awesome you

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