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Happy Valentine窶冱 Day, @MichelleObama. You make every day and every place better.
Today, @KehindeWiley and @ASherald became the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. To call this experience humbling would be an understatement. 
Thanks to Kehinde and Amy, generations of Americans 窶 and young people from all around the world 窶 will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this country through a new lens. They窶冤l walk out of that museum with a better sense of the America we all love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Inclusive and optimistic.  And I hope they窶冤l walk out more empowered to go and change their worlds.
You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama
Name: Tanisha Cidel

Organizations: Evolutionary Arts and Entertainment, Norland Middle School and AileyCamp Miami

What inspires me: Motivating our youth and those young at heart to achieve their personal success. I use innovative ways to teach the performing arts while sneaking in life lessons, building confidence, being compassionate, and listening to my students.

At the #ObamaSummit I am hoping to share: My enthusiasm and passion for arts in education, and how imperative it is to utilize the arts as a vehicle to create social change.
Name: Genevieve Whitaker

Organization: Virgin Islands Youth Advocacy Coalition, Inc.

What inspires me: I am inspired and rather humbled by my God-given calling to serve as an agent for systemic change within my society and, by extension, the world.

At the #ObamaSummit I'm hoping to share: The experiences that have shaped my human rights activism and my vision for change.
Name: Darius Ballinger

Organization: Chasing23 Youth Empowerment Group

What inspires me: I used to be a high school dropout and an inmate. I thought my very being didn窶冲 matter窶巴ut all that has changed. I know now that who I am窶蚤s a husband, a father, and a mentor窶芭atters.

At the #ObamaSummit I'm hoping to share: The idea that every single person, regardless of who they are or where they come from, matters.
We窶况e invited civic leaders from all over the world to Chicago for a hands-on exchange of ideas窶蚤nd I窶冦 turning my Instagram account over to some of them. Meet some of the amazing young people who have come up with creative ways to make an impact in their communities, and follow @obamafoundation for more on the #ObamaSummit.
Last night, the ex-Presidents got together in Texas to support all our fellow Americans rebuilding from this year窶冱 hurricanes. We窶况e seen a lot of hardship and heartbreak in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. But in the darkness, we窶况e seen shining examples of what窶冱 best about America. Neighbors pitching in to help their neighbors, veterans dropping in to help people they窶况e never met, Americans taking care of one another, looking out for one another, without regard for what we look like, where we come from, or how we pray. If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we step up when required 窶 that窶冱 it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Without fear. And for as long as it takes. Find out how you can help at Photo by @PeteSouza
When I left office, I told you all that the single most important thing I could do would be to help prepare the next generation of leaders to take their own crack at changing the world. The @ObamaFoundation Fellows program is looking to do just that -- train and support civic innovators who are solving problems in their communities in creative and powerful ways. Apply to join our inaugural class of twenty Fellows by Friday, October 6th:
These young people that I met at McKinley Tech today are the reason I'm hopeful about the future. To all the young people headed back to school around the country: Make us proud. You're the next generation of leaders, and we need you.
Have a #blessed Halloween.
Quotes from the President窶杷or your wall. Get a poster from the @OFA Store today. 竊 Link in profile.