Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his résumé.
The first lady seemed a little taken aback but then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl’s comment, that the matter was “a little private, but she’s doing something for her dad.” She promised to deal with the matter later.
When the event ended, the first lady gave the girl, Charlotte Bell, a hug and then reached back to grab the résumé off a table as she left the East Room. The first lady played host to the children at the White House on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Charlotte’s family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady, but her parents didn’t know she would give it a try, according to her mother, an executive branch employee who did not want to be identified.
Charlotte’s father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years and recently has been trying to get a job with the Obama administration. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2012.
Bieber detained at L.A. airport
Justin Bieber’s legal woes may be catching up with him after he was detained in a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol area at Los Angeles International Airport upon his return from Asia on Thursday, sources said.
The 20-year-old pop star was being questioned by officials, but no formal action had yet been taken against the Canadian-born performer, who is facing DUI charges in Miami, was arrested in Toronto and is being investigated in Los Angeles County for vandalism, sources said.
A source cautioned that the delay at Tom Bradley International Terminal is not a formal detention or arrest.
The birthday bunch
Actor Al Pacino is 74. Actress Talia Shire is 68. Actor Hank Azaria is 50. Actress Renee Zellweger is 45.
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