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From: "Brown, Emma" >
Date: September 1, 2016 at 12:41:37 PM EDT
To: "Vrazilek, Lauren S. EOP/WHO" >
Cc: "Morales, Caroline A. EOP/WHO" >, "Rosholm, Joanna S. EOP/WHO" >, "Donohue, Kelsey A. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Pool Report #1: FLOTUS event at Howard U
FLOTUS motorcade started rolling from the White House at 11:03 on a morning of on-and-off drizzle in DC.
Stopped in traffic at 7th and T streets NW, an elderly man blew kisses at the motorcade. Arrived Howard University at 11:21. Entered empty auditorium at Howard's school of business building, where students were lined up in a hallway awaiting the event. On stage are three directors' chairs emblazoned with the logo of Late Night with Seth Meyers.
At 11:27, students -- most of them dressed in business suits -- or began filing into the auditorium. A staffer removed one chair from the stage.
At 12:15, the Howard U provost introduced Amber Ruffin, the first African American female to write for a network late night show. She told the students they would hear from Nick Cannon and Seth Meyers, and that they must turn off their phones, an announcement greeted with gasps and groans.
"Congratulations on making it to Howard!" Ruffin told the crowd. "Your parents must be telling everyone with ears."
Ruffin killed time asking students where they are from and what they do in their free time. Several students said they own their own businesses, including a personal development coach, a custom shirt designer, a painter and owner of an online vintage boutique.
"That's fantastic," Ruffin said. "Are you guys ready to get this started?"
At 12:28: The students applauded as Seth Meyers took the stage. He introduced new freshman Nick Cannon, and then said he wanted to bring out one more guest.
"Everyone give it up for the First Lady," Meyers said.
The students leapt to their feet screaming, giving Mrs. Obama an extended standing ovation.
FLOTUS sat between the two men in a striped white and purple dress.
Michelle Obama is paying a visit Thursday morning to the District's Howard University, where she is surprising students as part of her last back-to-school season as First Lady.
She is appearing along with Seth Meyers, the host of NBC's Late Night, and television personality Nick Cannon, who recently enrolled at Howard, according to the White House.
The trio are taking questions from nearly 250 Howard freshmen in an auditorium on campus. The First Lady and Meyers are expected to offer advice to students for a segment that will air next week on Late Night.
The visit is part of the First Lady's "Reach Higher" initiative, urging students to go to and complete college, and her "Better Make Room" campaign to connect with students via social media. For previous "Better Make Room" events, Michelle Obama rapped with comedian Jay Pharaoh about going to college and talked with basketball star LeBron James about why he cares about education.