Michelle O Just Announced WH Visitors Can Now Do Something That’s Been Banned For 40 Years

First Lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that, after 40 years, White House tourists will be able to take their own photos. It didn’t take long for the first wave of tourists since the announcement to take advantage of their new-found freedoms.

“If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” Obama said in an Instagram post, holding a sign reading, “No photos or social media allowed.”

“Well, not anymore,” she proclaimed, tearing up the sign. The post was accompanied by a White House statement: “Effective today, guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime. Visitors are also encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour,” the statement read. Tourists will be allowed to take photos with phones and still cameras with a lens “no longer than three inches.” The statement also lists which items are prohibited:

Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods, and camera sticks are not permitted on White House Tours.  Flash photography and livestreaming are not permitted while on the tour.

Guests in the White House have already taken advantage of the new privilege:

However, at least one person didn’t like the ban being lifted:

h/t: IJReview

What photos would you take in the White House? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Kids Just Created Black Markets To Sell This In School Due To Michelle O’s Lunch Rules

As Western Journalism has extensively reported, nutritional mandates placed on public schools by the federal government – and with the support of Michelle Obama – have failed miserably in numerous districts across the U.S. Students complain that the new meals are unappetizing and too small while administrators lament the increased preparation cost and spike in food waste.

Disgruntled kids have already made their opinions known via social media, where many students posted images of and complaints about the meals they were being served. When this activism did not achieve the desired result, recent reports indicate students began establishing black markets to trade foods – particularly spices – heavily regulated under the current guidelines.

One Indiana school board president explained that kids in his district “have been caught bringing – and even selling – salt, pepper and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food.”

Describing these deals as part of a “contraband economy,” John S. Payne said that this development is one of several to “reinforce the call for flexibility” as it relates to nutritional restrictions.

He went on to lament other consequences he has noticed throughout the Blackford County School District since the new regulations went into effect.

“Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” he said, noting that those who do purchase school lunches refuse to eat the very types of foods Obama has been pushing as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.

Similar trends are being reported in districts across the nation. Dr. Lynn Harvey oversees the nutrition program for 1.5 million North Carolina public school students. As such, she has noticed a marked increase in wasted food and a staggering drop in school breakfast participation.

Should schools be forced to serve meals that increase both cost and waste? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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A Guy Who’s Fighting ISIS Just Did Something EPIC To Utterly Embarrass Barack And Michelle

When Tom Locks of Britain got the chance to fight against ISIS, he took it. Locks, following the footsteps of a growing number of individuals, sold his home and possessions, left his job and the comforts of everyday life, said goodbye to his friends and loved ones, and headed to the front lines of Kurdistan.

Before leaving Britain, Locks had made a name for himself. He was used to troublemakers, being a former bouncer. He retired from that rough-and-tumble lifestyle, and he started a construction company. By all accounts, he was successful. He was an avid bodybuilder, as well as a builder of homes. He had a large house with TVs in every room and a swimming pool.

One day while watching one of his many televisions, he experienced a pivotal moment that would change the path of his life for the foreseeable future. He said: “last summer I was at home, watching the news and I saw a picture of Mount Sinjar. I just thought, I have a great life, job, beautiful house, and I thought it is time to help someone else.”

Little did he know that helping someone else would include picking up a weapon, although he does not mind doing it. He is happy to help out in whatever capacity he can.

When asked what motivated him to make such a drastic move and whether it was prompted by some religious affiliation, he said: “I had no wish to join a specific group. I just wanted to help people out here. Any society which kills people, cuts people’s heads off needs to be challenged.”

Now fighting on foreign soil, the former bouncer is putting his construction skills to good use. He is helping rebuild anything he can. When he isn’t building, he is wielding a weapon.

He has concerns, though–not about the fight, but rather about the money it takes to embark on the endeavor of fighting against ISIS.

He was asked about the leadership in England, as well as the leadership in the U.S. and their stance on ISIS and lack of a strategy. Locks said: “of course [Barack Obama has] not got a strategy to combat Daesh, neither does David Cameron. That’s why there are people like us out here on the front line, getting mortared and shot on a daily basis. It’s a joke! Not only do they not want to commit people, but they won’t commit a single pound to helping us deal with the world’s biggest problem.”

When asked about Michelle Obama’s speech to the Islamic Mulberry School for Girls, Locks said: “Seriously! What on earth can the first lady have in common with British Muslim girls? That is quite possibly one of the most stupid comments I have ever heard.”

While Locks and other civilians risk life and limb with only funds trickling in from generous donors, Locks is not waiting for his home government to step up to the plate. He has started a fund to help the troops pay for things that keep the campaign running. He hopes, in the meantime, that the U.S. and Great Britain wake up to the very real threat of ISIS.

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Michelle Obama Gives Ironic Speech To Muslim School Girls At Inner City London School

“Girls like you inspire me and impress me every single day,” said the first lady of the United States. “When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways, your story is my story.”

As the International Business Times reports, that’s what Michelle Obama recently told students at London’s Mulberry School for Girls, an inner city institution where the vast majority of the attendees are Muslims who attend class in full Islamic dress.

While Mrs. Obama’s inspirational message on female empowerment was essentially a positive and uplifting one, the surroundings for her speech could easily be seen as clashing mightily with the content of her address. Breitbart News points out that the London neighborhood known as Tower Hamlets, where the Mulberry School for Girls is located, is not ethnically diverse, nor is the school what you would call inclusive.

“Tower Hamlets, which only days ago managed to shake off its Islamist-linked Mayor, boasts a Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani, and otherwise Asian population. At the last census, in 2011, 39 percent of the population self-identified as Christian, while 36 percent identified as Muslim,” says Breitbart.

Writing for the website of the British newspaper Daily Mail, commentator Richard Littlejohn points out the startling irony of the address Mrs. Obama gave in a setting where more than 90% of the pupils are Muslim from a mainly Bangladeshi background. These female students, writes Littlejohn, “have no option other than to wear the restrictive clothes imposed upon them by their parents and their religious leaders.”

His piece for the Daily Mail goes on to say: “It was bizarre, to say the least, to watch the wife of the President of the United States preaching equality to a single-sex audience dressed from head to toe in what most of us would consider to be a symbol of separatism, female oppression and a rejection of Western democratic values.”

Michelle Obama was in London as part of a European tour to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative — a tour on which both her daughters and her mother accompanied the first lady. As Western Journalism has reported, critics of Mrs. Obama’s frequent overseas excursions point out that, for this European jaunt, she and her family members have flown on her taxpayer-funded plane, bound for a taxpayer-funded stay at an expensive hotel, where the first lady has enjoyed taxpayer-funded amenities and events.

And now, with Mrs. Obama’s sympathetic comparison of growing up black in America to growing up Muslim in Great Britain, a new level of criticism could be on tap for America’s “inclusive” first lady.

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Michelle Obama Just Marched Into An Islamist Hotbed And Had A Strange Choice Of Words

First Lady Michelle Obama, while speaking at an all-girls school in Great Britain on Tuesday, said that men are “useful” in promoting the education of girls.

While participating in a discussion at the Mulberry School for Girls on London’s East Side, Obama said: “There are 60 million girls all around the world, just like the girls here [at Mulberry] but they’re not getting an education.”

The First Lady used to opportunity to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative. The aim of the $200 million program, funded by the United States and the United Kingdom, is to promote girls’ education worldwide. The first projects will help 450,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo get a primary school education. Sierra Leone and Liberia will also benefit.

The Mulberry School is dominated ethnically by Bangladeshi students, along with other minorities. Tower Hamlets, where the school is located, is one of the more economically depressed parts of the city. It is made up of Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, and otherwise Asian populations. It has been known as a hotbed for Islamic activity in the country.

The First Lady said she could identify with the students, having grown up on Chicago’s “South Side”–that is why she chose to visit their school.

“When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my story,” she told the room, which was made up of mostly Muslim students, wearing the traditional hijab head scarfs. “I know I don’t look [older than you all],” she joked.

“We’ve got to change cultural norms too, that’s why work on the ground is so important” she explained. “We’ve got to send different messages about the importance of educating our girls.”

She added: “You know our sons are important, we love men, we all do, they’re good, they’re useful.”

“I have one in my life,” she added, referring to President Obama. “I like him but you know we have to change the definition of what it means to invest in our young girls.”

Twitter lit up following the First Lady’s remarks about the utility of men. One begged to differ about the usefulness of her husband, in his role as president.

Michelle Obama Men Are Useful

The First Lady encouraged the girls to not limit their education to what they learn in books in school. “Don’t just be book smart,” she said, “be smart about the world, know your community, understand your politics, read your papers, know what’s happening in the world. You have to know how your government works, and you have to vote and be actively engaged at all times, that’s part of an education.”

h/t: Breitbart

Michelle Obama Let Girls Learn

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