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First and Second Lady Announce New Initiative

This adorable picture will grace the cover of Parade magazine’s April 24th issue. First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden talked to the magazine about their new initiative, Joining Forces.

The White House announced the initiative today, the purpose of which is to support military families. Parade‘s press release says Obama and Biden plan to “educate, challenge, and encourage action from all sectors of our society” in support of the families of service men and women.

Mrs. Obama told Parade about her husband’s presidential campaign: “Everywhere I went there were military spouses, and their stories took my breath away – the pain of multiple deployments, trying to keep the family afloat. I remember sitting and crying with a group of them.”

Joining Forces is Obama and Biden’s first joint project, and the cover is their first cover together.

FLOTUS Makes TV Rounds on Trip to Mexico

First Lady Michelle Obama is taking her first solo international trip to Mexico this week (after a pit stop in Haiti, sharing a tarmac with actor Ben Stiller) and she’s getting the POTUS treatment.

She’ll sit-down with CNN for an interview that will air on “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer tweets. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie will also interview FLOTUS for Wednesday’s “Daily Rundown” on MSNBC.

White House Rocks, Easter Eggs Roll

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The Washington TimesJoe Curl, CBS’ Christine Delargy and ABC’s Jake Tapper were just a few of the media types FishbowlDC spotted taking in the festivities at the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll today. We also caught up with NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, hubby Geoff Geoff and all three kids on the South Lawn.

O’Donnell joked, saying that the “mile-long lines to get into the event must be part of Michelle Obama’s fitness agenda.”

While FishbowlDC didn’t recognize many of the celebrity faces in the crowd, our kid correspondent Jocelyn Luddy clued us in to Disney Channel’s Zack and Cody as well as kiddie pop sensation Justin Bieber. And though we weren’t familiar with Bieber before today, it was obvious we were alone – even Ali Wentworth and Michelle Obama grooved to the teen’s tunes, showing their “Bieber fever.”

After a hot and sweaty hour or two, we caught some South Lawn yoga and then stood next to the First Lady for a performance by Sarah Bareilles. Only in Washington! Check out those pics on Twitter @fishbowldc and more pics of the event after the jump.

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Fashion As a ‘Wedge’ Issue Between U.S. and French First Ladies

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WaPo’s fashion guru Robin Givhan takes on the so-called unspoken fashion war between FLOTUS Michelle Obama and French FLOF Carla Bruni as their husbands convene today at the White House.

Read the story here.

FishbowlDC’s “Overexposed in ’09″

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Yep, ’tis the season for annual year in review “lists.” And though we too find them annoying, we couldn’t help but to create one of our own. So, we give you “Overexposed in ’09″ – 9 news topics that we’d rather see benched for 2010.

9. Michelle’s Magic Garden: Growing organic veggies is super cool in certain circles but we hope news stories about the First Lady’s au natural tomatoes will take a cue from Smith & Hawken and shut down this year.

8. Bo-ring: Sorry Bo, but you’ve become exhausting. We love dogs but the FDOTUS domination during Barbara Walters‘ interview with Michelle Obama pushed us over the edge. Unless Bo knocks up one of Paris Hilton‘s pooches, we don’t want to hear about it next year.

7. The Helen Thomas Diaries: her upcoming book, her anniversary, her birthday, her seat in the WH briefing room. A legend? Yes. But we’ve written her name more times in 2009 than we care to count.

6. Bronzed Boner: No further mention of House Minority Leader John Boehner‘s (R-OH) bronzed bod or the pronunciation of his surname would be most appreciated. We know his last name is not pronounced “Boner” and we’re fully aware of his tendency to tan.

5. Newsertainment: Say what you will about Glenn Beck but we’re over the media frenzy around the Fox News shock jock. Lesson learned – opinion programs blur the line between entertainment and information but covering Beck’s every comment only validates the importance of his “opinions.”

4. Salahi Scams: Not much would surprise us about the Salahi’s at this point. If you’ve done business with them, they probably screwed you. If you’ve spoken to them, they surely lied to you. Oh, Tareq and Michaele…we’ve had fun but it’s time to move on.

The top 3 topics after the jump.

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PBS Amps Up Rating System

mo-9.jpegPBS, for the first time ever, is implementing a full-time rating service.

With this new full-time demographics rating service, the network seeks weekly ratings for more than 40 of its programs, including PBS NewsHour, Dinosaur Train (which we’re sure many of you watch) and Sesame Street for any First Lady Michelle Obama fans out there.

Last month she appeared on the beloved kid show, saying, “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in the White House.”

Through improved data reporting, states a release, agencies will better understand how PBS sponsorship will benefit clients.

PBS has held a Nielsen contract since the 1980s; the new service is a marked increase, from 12 weeks to 52 weeks a year.

Chuck Todd’s Exclusive With First Lady

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NBC cameraman Jim Long tweets this photograph of Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd’s exclusive with a faux First Lady Michelle Obama overseas in Oslo. Her laughing faux husband, President Obama, sits nearby.

Morning Reading List 11.11.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Today is Veterans Day.

More “Sesame Street” for you- First Lady Michelle Obama guests in a segment about vegetables. Take note. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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TPM: Family Feud: How Much Is Moon Church Conflict Driving Wash Times Turmoil?

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“Morning Joe”: The Drinking Game. We suggest playing with mimosas.

Some of our favorite TV pundits are making nice in New Orleans this week at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s “Take the Poison Out of Partisanship” conference. Natives Mary Matalin and James Carville, Mandy Grunwald, Dan Barlett, Hilary Rosen, Steve Schmidt and Joe Trippi are all there. More dets on Politico Click.

And Evening News ratings, courtesy of TVNewser.

ONLINE

Tammy Haddad makes what we think is her Politico debut– TamCam catches up with the New Yorker‘s media writer Ken Auletta.

NEWS NOTES

Oprah, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly- more to be announced- have interviews lined up with “Going Rogue” author Sarah Palin. (h/t Playbook)

Letterman latest.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Helen Thomas on “presidents and the power of the press.”

Fox News wishes Anita Dunn well.

More on Dunn via Politico: “In an e-mail, Dunn said: ‘It’s an honor to serve the nation and the President and I have been fortunate to be given this opportunity at this critical time in our history. I look forward to continuing to work for the President’s agenda for change in the future.’”

AWARDS & EVENTS

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

JOBS

TPM is hiring a publisher.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

First Lady of Glamour

First Lady Michelle Obama graces the December cover of Glamour magazine, the “Women of the Year” issue. This interview is also the debut of CBS’ Katie Couric as a Glamour columnist. The First Lady is just one of five “Women of the Year,” each with their own cover, and they’ll all be honored at Carnegie Hall in Novemeber.

The mag hits newsstands next week, but you can get a preview here.

Morning Reading List 10.27.09

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Ain’t interactive media just grand? The ladies of the Reliable Source interact with their commenters. Ah, the irony…

What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday…

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Why George Stephanopoulos doesn’t need ‘Good Morning America.’

NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will return to Afghanistan this week. He will file a report for tonight’s “Nightly News” broadcast and will report live starting Wednesday through the rest of the week.

NEWSPAPERS

USA Today still touts itself as the circulation leader…

Omblog: Do WaPo editors care what readers think about the redesign?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Major Garrett explains Feinberg interview: Had ‘standing request’ with Treasury

Yeas and Nays: What’s on Michelle Obama‘s iPod? Sting, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Bareilles and Mary J. Blige…

AWARDS & EVENTS

Dick Durbin, Anne Castle and Olcay Unver join The Atlantic for The Atlantic‘s Water Summit: Global Experts Tackling the 21st Century’s Top Environmental Concern on October 29 from 8:00AM – 2:15PM at the National Press Club.

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